The world now has 146 Latter-day Saint temples in operation, as the Payson, Utah, temple was dedicated on Sunday, June 7, according to Mormon Newsroom.
Utah’s 15th Latter-day Saint temple was dedicated by President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to Mormon Newsroom.
Mariel Dean, a senior studying elementary education who is from Payson, Utah, said the people of Payson have been waiting for this temple for a long time.
“Provo was the closest temple before this one was built, and there’s actually this legend that years ago, a patriarch prophesied of a temple being built in Payson,” Dean said. “So when they announced that there was going to be a temple in Payson, everyone cheered.”
Members in the Payson temple district were able to view the three dedicatory sessions of the cornerstone ceremony that were broadcast to Latter-day Saint meeting houses on Sunday, according to Mormon Newsroom.
The temple district will cover Spanish Fork to Nephi, Utah, according to Mormon Newsroom.
The public open house was held April 24 through May 23, and tickets for the open house were in such high demand that additional tickets had to be released for sale, according to Deseret News.
Dean said that although she was not able to attend the open house, she was able to hear about the progress of the temple through her dad, who is a stake president in Payson.
“Payson is such a small town that news of the temple had to be announced quickly because everyone would find out soon enough,” Dean said. “My dad is a stake president in Payson, so it’s been really cool to watch all the bits and pieces come together.”