Palmyra temple dedication to be seen on grand scale

In response to the overwhelming interest in the Palmyra New York Temple shown by members of the Church, proceedings of the dedication on April 6 will be broadcast throughout much of North America.

In a March 2 letter addressed to General Authorities, stake and mission presidents and bishops, the First Presidency announced that an encrypted satellite broadcast of the dedication will be transmitted to all stake centers in the United States and Canada.

The dedication of the Palmyra temple — located on a wooded hill overlooking the Sacred Grove — coincides with the 170th anniversary of the founding of the Church by Joseph Smith in the log home of Peter Whitmer in nearby Fayette.

The first session of the temple's dedication will be broadcast at 9 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). Specific times will vary according to time zones. Additionally, a rebroadcast of the first session will occur at 7 p.m. local time in each time zone that evening.

Special dedication recommends and instructions have been mailed to stake presidents. Members with current temple recommends should contact their bishops in order to receive temple dedication recommends. Baptized members who desire to attend may qualify following an interview with their bishops. The stake center, during these broadcasts, will be open only to temple dedication recommend holders.

The broadcast is considered an extension of the temple dedication with regard to reverence and dignity. Since members attending the broadcast will be participants in the dedication, they should read directions printed on the back of each ticket before arriving at their stake centers. They are requested to dress in Sunday attire and be in their seats 30 minutes before the broadcast.

This is not the first broadcast of a temple dedication. However, this occasion marks the first time members of the Church will participate in a dedicatory service in multiple settings on such a grand scale.