President Thomas S. Monson rededicated the Boise Idaho Temple on Sunday morning. The temple was originally dedicated in 1984, but closed 15 months ago for extensive renovation.
The dedication included the traditional youth cultural celebration that highlighted things Church members in the Boise district treasure: the light of faith, heritage, industry, families, youth, liberty, service and the gospel.
So many youth participated in the event that they filled the Taco Bell Arena on the campus of Boise State University, while their families and other attendees watched the program via broadcast from stake centers throughout the temple district. The celebration featured 4,000 dancers, 99 fiddlers and a choir of more than 1,000 singers. The theme of the celebration, “Treasure the Light,” was the inspiration of a representative group of youth leaders who believe that they are who they are today because of the rich heritage of faith, hope and love given to them by their parents, grandparents and all who have gone before them.
President Monson was accompanied by Elder David A. Bednar, Elder Craig C. Christensen, and Elder William R. Walker. President Monson praised the youth, “My young brothers and sisters, I pronounce a blessing upon you tonight, that you may feel the love which we have for you. May you know, also, that our Heavenly Father loves you. I bless you that you will ever have a desire to serve Him and His son Jesus Christ. I bless you that you will always walk in truth and treasure the light of the temple.”
“There is a warmth, light, brightness and radiance that comes from a temple anywhere in the world,” he said.
The temple’s darker exterior has been replaced with white granite. A new gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni sits atop the temple’s tallest spire. The temple’s interior now features a syringa flower and trees motif, which can be seen in the art glass and decorative painting. Beautiful grained hardwoods from Africa and the United States add warmth and ambience.
The Boise Temple is the 27th operating temple of the Church’s 140 temples worldwide. It is one of four temples in Idaho, with others in Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Rexburg. A fifth temple in Meridian is currently in the planning and approval phase. Currently, there are 31 temples in various stages of construction, renovation or recently announced throughout the world.
The Boise Idaho Temple was originally completed in 1984 and dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley, then a counselor in the First Presidency of the Church. The temple serves approximately 100,000 Latter-day Saints from 31 stakes in Treasure Valley and an area extending from La Grande, Ore., to Glenn’s Ferry, Idaho.