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Atop a knoll at the center of the city of St. George sits the oldest temple in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — the St. George Utah Temple. Its bright white exterior and three-tiered tower stand in stark contrast to the coral-colored bluffs beyond.

Dedicated in 1877, the pioneer-era temple stands as a testament to the faith and consecration of the early Latter-day Saints who sacrificed to build a monument to the Lord in their desert wilderness.

Now, just 3.5 miles to the southeast, nestled among the hills, stands the newest temple of the Church — the Red Cliffs Utah Temple. Amid blue skies and sunshine, President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, dedicated the area’s second temple on Sunday, March 24.

The 90,000-square-foot edifice is nearly surrounded by views of the bluffs for which it is named. From certain vantage points throughout St. George, viewers can see both sacred houses of the Lord at the same time — a reminder of the area’s faith-filled past as well as an expression of confidence in the area’s future.

Acknowledging the rich history of the Church there, President Eyring commented, “My faith is strengthened whenever I come to this area. This ground was made sacred to my family and to me by the faith of ancestors now in the spirit world.”

President Eyring’s great-grandfather was one of the original settlers of the region. “I can only imagine his joy to know that there is now a second temple in St. George,” he said.

Elder Patrick Kearon of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who accompanied President Eyring to St. George, expressed his love and excitement for members of the Church there.

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