Brigham City temple public tours start Saturday
Tuesday , August 14, 2012 - 2:23 PM
BRIGHAM CITY — The pride of Brigham City residents in their heritage is displayed prominently in the new temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints there.
In a media tour Tuesday, Elder William R. Walker, a member of the church’s First Quorum of Seventy and the executive director of the church’s temple department, told of extreme pride in the temple exemplified in Box Elder County residents.
“It’s very much architecturally, a pioneer historic temple,” Walker said, noting its similarity to the Salt Lake City, Manti and early pioneer temples in Kirtland, Ohio and Nauvoo, Illinois.
Walker explained that the community is known for its peaches and then showed a prominent peach theme throughout the temple from peach blossoms intricately carved in carpets in the temple’s celestial room and painted on the ceilings in the sealing rooms.
An oil painting of a woman in an orchard going about picking peaches is prominently displayed at the temple’s main entrance and there are peach trees planted on the temple grounds. Stained glass windows have peach colors and peach blossoms portrayed.
“The designers asked if they could use peach blossoms as a recurring theme,” Walker said, noting that pristine materials used in construction came from all over the world.
The temple opens up for public tours of the building Saturday.
Tickets are available on-line at templeopenhouse.lds.org or by calling 1-855-537-2000. There is a maximum of 20 reservations that may be made at one time for individuals.
Church officials anticipated giving out 325,000 tickets for the public tours.
Walker said already, 300,000 tickets have been requested.
“This community is 160 years old,” Walker said. “It is a well-known LDS community. They probably thought for many years that they never would get a temple.”