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Hun­dreds of mem­bers of The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints gath­ered to celebrate the com­ple­tion of the Payson Tem­ple at the corner­stone cer­e­mony held on Sun­day, June 7.

A corner­stone cer­e­mony tra­di­tion­ally marks the com­ple­tion of a tem­ple’s con­struc­tion. The only public part of a tem­ple ded­i­ca­tion, this sym­bolic cer­e­mony takes place im­me­di­ately be­fore the first ded­i­ca­tory ses­sion. Af­ter the tem­ple is ded­i­cated, it is open only to LDS Church mem­bers who ad­here to pre­scribed stan­dards. Many such mem­bers waited pa­tiently with their fam­i­lies on this beau­ti­ful sum­mer morn­ing, ex­cited to be a part of the corner­stone cer­e­mony for the Payson Tem­ple.

El­der Kent F. Richards, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the church’s Tem­ple Depart­ment, wel­comed the crowd and spoke briefly. In an­cient times, he said, the corner­stone was a key build­ing sup­port. But to­day, the corner­stone is sym­bolic, he added, cit­ing Eph­e­sians 2:19-21: “Now there­fore ye are no more strangers and for­eign­ers, but fel­low cit­i­zens with the saints, and of the house­hold of God; And are built upon the foun­da­tion of the apos­tles and prophets, Je­sus Christ him­self be­ing the chief cor­ner stone; In whom all the build­ing fitly framed to­gether groweth unto an holy tem­ple in the Lord.”

Church lead­ers who were present and helped to seal the corner­stone in­cluded Pres­i­dent Henry B. Eyring, El­der Quentin L. Cook and his wife Mary, El­der Kent F. Richards, Wil­liam B. Sonne and Mary El­iz­a­beth B. Sonne (pres­i­dent and ma­tron of the Payson Tem­ple) and other mem­bers of the Payson Tem­ple pres­i­dency.

As the lead­ers re­turned to the tem­ple for the ded­i­ca­tory ses­sion, all of the chil­dren and youth present were in­vited to come and par­tic­i­pate by daub­ing a bit of mor­tar on the corner­stone. Chil­dren as young as 3 years old waited pa­tiently in line for a chance to help seal its edges.

The Payson Tem­ple serves 93,000plus LDS Church mem­bers re­sid­ing from Maple­ton to Delta. An­nounced on Jan­uary 25, 2010, it is the 146th op­er­at­ing tem­ple of The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints. Ground was bro­ken and the site was ded­i­cated on Oct. 8, 2011. Si­t­u­ated on a 10.63-acre site, the 96,630-square-foot tem­ple is the 15th tem­ple built in Utah and the third in Utah County.

Ar­ti­cle re­pub­lished from the Maple­ton News. See more news and photos at Maple­

Chris Hash

El­der Henry B. Eyring waves to the crowd upon ar­riv­ing to ded­i­cate the Payson Tem­ple.

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