On This Day of Dedication: The Payson Utah Temple | Meridian Magazine
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December 9, 2022


Payson_Temple_Dedication_top_smallThe dedication of the Payson Utah Temple Sunday, June 7, 2015, brought the number of temples in the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to 146 with many more in various stages of construction.

To put this in perspective, it took the LDS Church 167 years to build the first 50 temples with the St. Louis Missouri Temple being number 50, dedicated June 1, 1997–and then it took only another 40 months to build the second 50!

We are in an era like none other in the history of the world. As Latter-day Saints living in this time, we have a front-row seat ahead of the billions of people who have lived on the earth before us in this great age of temple building. Our challenge is to awake and understand the power that is being placed in our midst.

Joseph Smith said, “What was the object of gathering the … people of God in any age of the world? … The main object was to build unto the Lord a house whereby He could reveal unto His people the ordinances of His house and the glories of His kingdom, and teach the people the way of salvation.”

That power was evident at the Payson Utah Temple dedication where President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in The First Presidency presided. Joining him were members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elders Russell M. Nelson, Dallin H. Oaks and Quentin L. Cook. Other Church leaders included Elders Ronald A. Rasband and Ulisses Soares of the Presidency of the Seventy, Elder Kent F. Richards, a member of the Seventy and executive director of the Temple Department, Bishop Gerald Causse of the Presiding Bishopric and Carol F. McConkie, first counselor in the Yong Women General Presidency.

The temple, which is the largest that the LDS Church has built in some time, is encircled with mountain views and becomes part of a community with a pioneer past.

The dedication was held in three sessions, but families, including, children dressed like angels, came early for the cover stone ceremony. Come and be a part of the event in this photo essay.


Nola CollierJune 9, 2015

Thank you so much for taking the time to share the joy of this temple dedication. It looks like a magnificent edifice, truly a fitting House of the Lord. Thank you, Meridian Magazine. Your news and articles have caused me to ponder more on the principles of the Gospel.

Steven TheobaldJune 9, 2015

Thank you so much for posting these wonderful pictures with the insightful narrative. I have relatives in the Payson Temple district (some of whom were inside during the dedication), but I am not. Coupled with the open house, I now feel like I didn't miss out - after all - on the dedication. Thanks again.


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