Following are excerpts from the dedicatory prayer for the Houston Texas Temple given by President Gordon B. Hinckley on Aug. 26-27, 2000. Full text of the dedicatory prayer can be found on the Church News Web site:
Our beloved Father in heaven, our Father and our God, Thou Almighty Elohim, we bow before Thee in reverence on this day of dedication. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for this Thy holy house. We have waited for this day when there should stand in our midst a temple of God, a House of the Lord where we may serve Thee according to the pattern which Thou hast revealed.
Herein will be exercised the fulness of the everlasting priesthood, which comes from Thee, in administering those ordinances which are eternal in their nature. This sacred structure becomes the bridge that reaches from mortality to life beyond the grave.
With living proxies acting in behalf of those who are dead, baptisms will be performed, ordinances and covenants will be administered, and the great crowning sealing of husbands and wives, and parents and children will take place.
How glorious and complete is Thy plan for the salvation and exaltation of Thy children of all generations. How tremendous is our obligation to carry forward this great vicarious work in their behalf. . . .
Bless the families of the Church with security and unity and love. Let Thy sustaining hand rest upon Thy people. Magnify them. Prosper them. Let them feel of Thine overpowering love.
Smile with favor upon Thy servants whom Thou hast appointed to preside over this work. Lengthen their days and guide them in their ways and words that they may always walk with the love and confidence of Thy faithful Saints.