Today I am preparing for tomorrow. Tomorrow is a special day. Instead of having our normal church meetings, we are participating in the rededication of the Ogden Temple. My preparation for today is making white handkerchiefs to use during the ceremony. Jonathan and I were thinking back on all of the dedications we have seen.
The first one was Palmyra New York. This one was built on the Smith family farm and is close to where Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ.
Then next one was Nauvoo, Illinois. This was the second temple built by the pioneers, but was burned to the ground by a mob. It was then rebuilt and rededicated in 2002.
And now Ogden. It has undergone a major renovation. This is what it originally looked like. (Very similar to the Provo Temple.)
This is what it looks like today.
These ceremonies are very special. It is only after a temple is dedicated that the work can start happening in the temple. We didn't make it to Ogden up for the open house, but we will certainly make it to the temple in the coming months.