(KCPW News) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Thomas S. Monson dedicated the new temple in Draper this morning. Monson, apostles Henry B. Eyring and Boyd K. Packer and other church members ceremonially put mortar on the cornerstone of the temple to signify its completion.
"Take the trowel, and get a little on it, bit just a bit. Doesn't look too bad. Well, I think that will conclude the placing of this mortar, and once again it will all be removed and then put in professionally, but for a moment we've had our day," Monson said.
President Monson asked his daughter, his secretary, and the ceremony's choir director to participate. He also picked seven-year old Katrina Hotvedt out of the crowd to come up and put mortar on the cornerstone.
"I think it was a really good experience for me, my legs are kind of shaking, that's what happens when I get nervous and excited. They are still shaking right now. Whenever I look up at the temple I'll never forget that I kind of helped," Hotvedt said.
The Draper temple is the 129th temple dedicated by the Church to date, and will serve 60,000 church members. Twelve dedication sessions will be held (were held) for members in the area over the weekend. Over 650,000 people toured the building during its open house.