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Sacred roots, heritage combine in 100th temple

The dedication of the Boston Massachusetts Temple Oct. 1 "seemed to represent the coming together of the great heritage of America and the sacred roots of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ," declared Elder Loren C. Dunn on Saturday morning.

Elder Loren C. Dunn
Elder Loren C. Dunn

"While every temple is important and offers the same ordinances necessary for eternal life, this dedication was, in many ways, historic," Elder Dunn continued. "This is the first temple in a city recognized as the birthplace of freedom in what was then the new world, and also it is recognized as the early home of many of the first leaders and members of our Church."

Elder Dunn was speaking in his last general conference as an acting General Authority. He was granted Emeritus General Authority status during the Saturday afternoon session.

"Just six days ago, President Gordon B. Hinckley, accompanied by President Boyd K. Packer and Elder Neil L. Andersen [of the Seventy] and their wives, dedicated the Boston Massachusetts Temple," he related. "The dedication came at the end of an open house that saw over 83,000 people go through the temple. There were over 16,000 who attended the four sessions of the dedication, either at the temple or at nearby stake centers.

"Some in attendance had previous ties to Boston and the surrounding area. Most were there because they live there and were rejoicing in the dedication of a temple in their midst. All were there as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God, as President Hinckley said at the cornerstone ceremony, 'built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets with Jesus Christ Himself as the chief cornerstone.' "

"In the dedicatory prayer of the Kirtland Temple, the Prophet Joseph Smith asked the Lord to break off the yoke of the persecutions of that day. While challenges still remain, we are seeing the yoke of misunderstanding and prejudice being broken in this era of temple building and open houses."

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