President Eyring Dedicates First Temple in Indiana

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President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the Indianapolis Indiana Temple on Sunday, August 23.

This temple is the first temple in the state of Indiana, the “crossroads of America.” More than 90,000 people attended the open house, including community leaders. Elder Kent F. Richards of the Seventy described the leaders’ reaction to Mormon Newsroom,

“The community leaders were absolutely blown away by how beautiful the temple is. Everything from the limestone on the exterior to the interior glass work and the marble; just the loveliness of the temple, most especially the light and the beauty and how it enhanaces their understanding of our relationship with God.”

The cultural celebration was held the night before the dedication, and Eyring commenced the celebration by saying,

Let’s fill this stadium with joy, with love and with light. You’ll never forget the feeling of satisfaction as you discover that through effort and determination you can do more [than] you thought possible.

The temple will serve about 30,000 Mormons in Indianapolis, South Bend, Lafayette, Muncie, Fort Wayne and Bloomington, Indiana, and Champaign, Illinois. It is located in the city of Carmel, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis.

Bridget is a newsroom writer at LDS.net. She graduated in April 2015 from Brigham Young University in communications with an emphasis of public relations. She served a Spanish speaking LDS mission in McAllen, Texas. She is a skilled pianist and an expert baker of chocolate chip cookies.