Oquirrh Mountain dedication takes more than building materials

SOUTH JORDAN -- President Thomas S. Monson celebrated his 82nd birthday as he presided over the dedication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' newest temple.

Monson and other church leaders attended Friday's ceremony at the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple in South Jordan. It was the first of nine dedicatory sessions for the temple, which continue today, with one at 9 a.m. and another at 3 p.m.

While the dedication is open only to church members, Monson came outside for a brief, public cornerstone ceremony. There, the crowd sang him an impromptu "Happy Birthday."

The Oquirrh Mountain temple is the church's 13th Utah temple and its 130th operating temple worldwide. It will serve about 83,000 members.

It was announced in October 2005, and work began just over a year later. A public open house was held from June 1 to Aug. 1.

The temple will open on Aug. 25.

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