2 November 2015
SALT LAKE CITY — The Phoenix Arizona Temple was dedicated Sunday, November 16, 2014, in three sessions by President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The president of the more than 15-million-member church was greeted by Latter-day Saints from Phoenix and surrounding areas. President Monson was joined by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, and Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as he conducted the cornerstone ceremony, a Church tradition that symbolizes the temple's completion. Following the cornerstone ceremony, President Monson presided over the dedication inside the temple, where hundreds of devout members of the Church attended, and thousands more watched by satellite feed at chapels across Arizona. Also attending were members of the temple presidency and the temple matron and her assistants.
Elder Kent F. Richards, executive director of the Church's Temple Department, said the cornerstone ceremony is symbolic. "It brings to mind the Savior Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone in our Church," said Elder Richards.
"There is a box and it will contain artifacts and memorabilia that the dedication committee planned and brought together," he explained. "On Friday, just two days ago, it was filled symbolically. Yesterday it was put into its place on the southeast corner and it will never be opened."
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