The Brigham City Temple will be one step closer to becoming a reality at its official groundbreaking Saturday, July 31. Since its announcement at the 179th General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October, the sacred edifice, where marriages, proxy baptisms, and other ceremonies take place, has been greatly anticipated.”The initial reaction was stunned,” says Ron Frandsen, President of the Brigham City Stake. “But since then the excitement has been increasing. We’re near the boiling-over point right now.” Hotels have been booked full since July 16, only a day after the official announcement of the groundbreaking date was made. Although the number of people predicted to attend is an ‘X-factor,’ Frandsen, who is also a member of the Coordinating Committee for the ceremony, expects a crowd.”We’ve had estimates anywhere from 1,800, not even filling all the chairs, to 18,000. Some even said 30,000,” he says. “I think 30,000 is really, really optimistic but I would not be surprised to see 10,000.”Two thousand people were given seating tickets to the official ceremony and Frandsen says the coordinating committee has been busy constructing platforms, setting up chairs, and appointing choirs to take part in Saturday’s ceremony. Planning began months in advance and has been a community effort. “It would be impossible without the hundreds of very, very willing volunteers who have stepped forward and accepted any assignments and have done so willingly with enthusiasm,” he says.”For example, Monday morning we were there to construct the platform the visiting authorities will be sitting on. We really needed half a dozen men, we had 25 volunteers. It’s just that type of thing over and over again on every assignment you ask for.”The 3.14 acre lot the temple will sit on is adjacent to Brigham City’s historic tabernacle on Main Street. It has been the architectural beauty of the city since its construction. Now, it will have a companion. “A lot of people ask the question ‘why a temple in Brigham City when you have two that are so close within 30 minutes of either direction?’,” Frandsen says. “I think the answer to that is, in this area, there is a tremendous dedication to the temple and a large contingent of people who accomplish genealogical research that is necessary and are very active in temple worship.” “A significant percentage of the work being done in the Ogden temple is by people in the Brigham City area,” he continues.To minimize disruption and traffic, the emergency services officials of Brigham City will close 13 intersections and several city streets the day of the ceremony. Buses will be available from church parking lots and schools for those wishing to attend. Audio of the ceremony will be broadcast on the lawn of the tabernacle and will be shown in numerous Stake Centers within the new Brigham City Temple District.The building and landscaping for the new temple is designed to reflect both the history and environment of Brigham City and the classic architecture of the Logan, Salt Lake City, and Manti temples. The temple features four floors, two spires, and intricate designs in its white limestone facade. The golden statue of Moroni will be on the east spire, standing higher than the west spire and the tabernacle. Paying tribute to Brigham City’s agricultural roots, the temple grounds will specifically feature fruit trees, especially peach. The Brigham City Temple will be Utah’s 14th upon completion.
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