Brigham City temple announcement elicits tears

Oct 4 2009 - 7:33pm

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(AUGUST MILLER/The Associated Press) Church President Thomas S. Monson waves to the crowd with his wife, Frances, and daughter Ann M. Dibb after the Saturday morning session of the 179th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
(AUGUST MILLER/The Associated Press) Church President Thomas S. Monson waves to the crowd with his wife, Frances, and daughter Ann M. Dibb after the Saturday morning session of the 179th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

BRIGHAM CITY -- Tears were the most common response as residents learned Saturday about a temple The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans to build in the area.

"Tears flowed from my eyes," said Kirk Gardner, of Brigham City. "I couldn't believe it at first."

Marcia Stuart, of Brigham City, said she called her husband, Jay, a counselor in the Ogden Temple presidency, and her 86-year-old father, who are on a road trip to Oregon, as soon as she heard the news.

"They said, 'Tears came to our eyes as soon as we heard the announcement,' " she said.

The announcement was made by LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson at the opening of the 179th Semiannual General Conference of the church in Salt Lake City.

"We desire that as many members as possible have an opportunity to attend the temple without having to travel inordinate distances," said Monson, who also announced plans for four other temples.

"Worldwide, 83 percent of our members live within 200 miles of a temple. That percentage will continue to increase as we construct new temples around the world."

The five new temples will bring the worldwide total to 151. The Brigham City temple will be the 14th in Utah.

Monson announced plans for temples in ConcepciAfA3n, Chile; Fortaleza, Brazil; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Sapporo, Japan.

The exact sites of the temples will be announced later.

Don Rundquist, of Roy, who has worked in the Ogden temple for 11 years, said he wasn't surprised by the announcement.

He said he has noticed a large number of volunteers from Brigham City at the Ogden temple.

"The last few months, I've been wondering if there would be a temple in Brigham City," he said.

But Brigham City resident David G. Morrell, who is one of those volunteers, said the announcement caught him by surprise.

"I thought this would never happen because we have one in Ogden and one in Logan," he said.

A 10-year volunteer and a sealer at the Ogden temple, Lowell Sherratt Jr. said he was surprised by the announcement now, even though he thought there would be a Brigham City temple at some point.

"There are so many areas of the world that need temples, you just never know," he said.

Lifelong church member Carol Barker, 81, of Willard, said she doesn't know how the new temple will be received in Brigham City.

"I'm just sitting here thinking about it, and I don't know if that will go over well or not," she said shortly after the announcement. "There's a lot of different religions and stuff around here."

Jerry Buchanan, of Elwood, serves as the patriarch of the South Tremonton LDS Stake and is also a sealer in the Logan Temple.

"I think it is great," he said. "It will increase the spirituality in the area and be a great blessing to all."

A lifelong resident of Box Elder County, Buchanan said he did not think he would live to see the day when a temple would be built in the county.

Rod Mund, a Willard City Council member who is also a member of the LDS Church, said, "I was pretty surprised. I got goose bumps when they said Brigham City."

Mund said it is a sign that not only is the church growing, but the area is growing also.

"This is a great thing, not only for Brigham (City), but for the area," he said.

For members of the LDS Church, temples are the most sacred places on Earth. They are used solely for the performance of such sacred ceremonies as marriage and religious instruction aimed at strengthening members' relationships with God and their fellow man, states a church news release.

Additional resources regarding temples and areas where these new temples will be built are available on the church's newsroom Web site at www.newsroom.lds.org.

Standard-Examiner reporter Loretta Park contributed to this article.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will build a new temple in Brigham City, President Thomas S. Monson announced today at the church's 179th Semi-annual General Conference.

The temple will be the church's 14th in Utah. Two new temples were dedicated in the state earlier this year.

Monson also announced plans for four other temples, to be built in Concepcion, Chile; Fortaleza Brazil; Fort Lauderale, Fla.; and Sapporo, Japan.

Monson did not give a timetable or exact locations for construction of the new temples.

Kirk Gardner, a Brigham City resident who has been a worker in the Ogden temple for seven years, said he was overwhelmed by the news.

"Tears flowed from my eyes," Gardner said.

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