|On Saturday September 20th, members of the Rose Park Stake prepare our chapel|
for the dedication of the Ogden Temple
A few weeks ago, after some leadership training for Stake Presidents in the area, and discussing Section 110 of the Doctrine & Covenants and the keys that were restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith, I was thinking about the dedication of the Kirtland Temple and why so many of the members had such powerful spiritual experiences associated with that dedication. One direction that is clear, came from their individual consecration in building that Temple and their personal sacrifice associated with it. Joseph Smith also gave them instruction on how to come prepared both physically and spiritually including preparation of the building itself. I felt impressed that not only should members come worthily (there is a worthiness recommend required for all in attendance) but the building as an extension of the Ogden Temple should also be prepared. While the Lord might not walk within its walls I did hope that to the extent possible, it might be worthy of it. On a Saturday evening session of our Regional Conference, I invited every member in the Stake to join us on Saturday afternoon prior to the dedication to help us prepare the building and grounds so that we might be ready for the Temple Dedication. I understood that there might be conflicts and it wasn't necessarily a sign of individual commitment, but where possible, old and young alike were invited to help us prepare our building.
|Chairs that had years of use were cleaned and polished|
|While many rooms were not used in the dedication, they were|
still cleaned so that the whole building would reflect
the sacredness of the event