Church members rejoice with the announcement of each new temple to be built. We may drive by often, if we live close enough, to see the temple's progress or monitor online as it grows. Members and nonmembers alike may flock to an open house to see the finished temple.The dedication of a temple is a big event often preceeded by a celebration by the local youth.
On Sunday, September 23, 2012 a new temple in Brigham City, Utah was dedicated. Only those eight years and older who qualify for a temple recommend may participate in the dedication of a temple, where the temple is turned over to the Lord for his work on the earth. Sacred ordinances occur within the walls of the temples after the dedication.
That evening we were priveleged to attend a celebration of appreciation and rejoicing in the dedication of this temple in Brigham City. The Utah State Univeristy Institute choirs filled our hearts as they shared testimony through word and song of the power of temples in their lives. These young adults shed tears of gratitude and joy as they expressed the deepest feelings of their hearts.
Every song was powerful because of the truths that they taught. Each touched my heart!
Most touching for me personally was the song O Divine Redeemer sung jointly by the Institute Choir and Latter Day Voices. The Logan Tabernacle was filled with The Spirit of the Holy Ghost as music resonated within its walls and these words were sung:
Ah! turn me not away, receive me, tho' unworthy!
Hear Thou my cry, behold, Lord, my distress!
Answer me from Thy throne, haste Thee, Lord, to mine aid,
Thy pity show in my deep anguish!
Let not the sword of vengeance smite me,
Tho' righteous Thine anger, O Lord!
Shield me in danger, O Regard me! On Thee, Lord, alone will I call
O Divine Redeemer! O Divine Redeemer!
I pray Thee, grant me pardon, and remember not my sins!
Forgive me, O divine Redeemer!
Night gathers round my soul; fearful I cry to Thee;
Come to mine aid, O Lord! Haste Thee, Lord, haste to help me!
Hear my cry, Save me, Lord, in Thy mercy;
Hear my cry! Come and save me, O Lord!
O, divine Redeemer! I pray Thee, grant me pardon,
And remember not, O Lord, my sins!
Save, in the day of retribution, from Death shield Thou me, O my God!
O, divine Redeemer, have mercy! Help me, my Savior!
These words are so powerful, as they are the pleadings of my own soul. I cannot imagine that anyone else could have sung this song any better or with more faith and testimony than did these young adults who sing because they love it and because the believe it.
Thank you to my son who sings with these choirs and invites us to tag along on his journey of testimony and faith. You are a blessing in my life.