Philadelphia Temple Dedication
Today is the Philadelphia Temple Dedication. Elder Eyring is dedicating it after a short cornerstone ceremony this morning. We had to get up at about 5:30am in order to get there on time.
There’s a marathon in Philadelphia this morning. We’ve been warned about street closures and traffic. So, we’re heading to the temple very early.
We got here early. While waiting I am getting pictures of the attending guests.
The older of the three told me last night he “thought in his mind” about this day and how he would see the temple. He went on to talking about how he saw himself inside the temple and all the things he invisions he would be doing. What a wonderful testimony of the importance of temples and the impact they have on our children.
The media was given a 4×16 foot area. I think there were three of us crammed in to the closest 4×4 part of that. It was cozy.
Claiming my space, I walked around getting pictures of the crowds. The lines went out the gates and around the side of the block. Everyone was reverent and polite.
Once they got near the temple, they are given white footlets and then walk on carpet runners. This is done to keep the temple clean.
The cornerstone ceremony was short and sweet. President Eyring explained the cornerstone represents Jesus Christ. In former days, cornerstones were laid at the start of construction. In modern construction, it is cemented in at the end as a symbolic gesture that Jesus Christ is the Chief Cornerstone of the church.
We left with a wonderful feeling. Philadelphia is truly blessed to have a temple. The saints in the temple district are thankful and happy.