Facebook Twitter

Temple in Calgary now under way

SHARE Temple in Calgary now under way

CALGARY, Alberta — Ground was broken May 15 for the third temple in Alberta — and

the seventh in Canada — on a prominent hill overlooking the vast landscape



__IMAGE1__With the distant, snow-capped Rocky Mountains as a backdrop

to the west, the groundbreaking was presided over by Elder Donald L.


of the Presidency of the Seventy. Elder William R. Walker of the Seventy


executive director of the Temple Department conducted the ceremony on


temple site adjacent to the Calgary Alberta West Stake center. Sister


Hallstrom and Sister Vicki Walker accompanied their husbands. Elder

Richard K.

Melchin, Area Seventy from Calgary, joined the other authorities in the


he has personally labored diligently to bring about.

Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose home residence

is within a couple miles of the temple site, sent a personal letter that


delivered at the groundbreaking by special envoy Lee Richardson, a

member of

Parliament from Calgary. The prime minister described the Calgary temple

as "an

inspiring landmark and a fitting tribute to the Mormon community's long


proud history in the province and in Canada."

The Calgary Alberta Temple was announced by President Thomas

S. Monson on Oct. 4, 2008. It is situated roughly midway between the


and Edmonton temples in Alberta.

Under a bright blue sky, a congregation of about 1,600

gathered at the site for the groundbreaking, including civic leaders and

provincial and federal government representatives, cabinet ministers and

others. Proceedings were also broadcast via Internet to other Calgary


centers so about 1,600 more could view the groundbreaking, Elder Melchin


Elder Hallstrom described the temple as the most sacred of

all places on the earth. The purpose of the temple, he said, is to


men (and women) on earth with God in heaven through promises to God and

faithfulness in our lives." He invited members to think not just of

dedicating temples but, more importantly, to dedicate themselves to the

covenants of the temple.

In his remarks, Elder Walker cited Mosiah 2:6 and expressed

a desire that members might pitch their "personal" tents with the

doors thereof always toward the temple.

See the rest of this story on ldschurchnews.com.

This story is provided by the LDS Church News, an official

publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is


weekly by the Deseret News.