Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple opens to media, interior pictures released

Compiled by Sarah Petersen, Deseret News

Published: Thu, March 27 10:50 p.m. MDT

 The Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple.

The Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple.

(Randy Collier, Copyright © 2014 LDS Church)

DAVIE, Fla. — After almost three years of construction, the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open for visitors this weekend.

Saturday, March 29, is the first day of the open house, in which the public is invited to walk through the temple. The open house will continue until April 19.

Earlier this week, members of the media were invited inside. A Florida news station, Local 10, reported on the LDS temple after reporter Liane Morejon toured the building.

"We did get a chance to look inside; members of the media were welcome to do so," Morejon said in the news report.

"But what was not welcome inside, though, were our cameras. So the video you are going to see that shows the interior of this temple was provided to us by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was inside, though; I can tell you that exactly what you are going to see is exactly what I saw."

When describing the temple, Morejon used adjectives such as palatial, beautiful, luxurious and cloudlike.

Toward the end of the news segment, Morejon encouraged those who have questions about the LDS Church to visit the temple.

"I had all of my questions answered today about the Mormon faith," Morejon said, "so if you think you have any, you're definitely invited to come in and check it out."

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The temple will be dedicated Sunday, May 4, according to Mormon Newsroom. The dedication will include three sessions that will be broadcast to church units in Florida. In conjunction with the dedication, a cultural celebration will take place Saturday, May 3.

Email: spetersen@deseretnews.com | Twitter: @Sarah_DNews

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1. Samwise
Eagle Mountain, UT,
March 27, 2014

That is where I served my mission! I am so excited for this temple. The LDS members who live there deserve it, and it will help hasten the work among the people I grew to love throughout southern Florida! I wish I could travel to Florida for the dedication, but alas circumstances do not permit me to do so. I will visit as soon as I can and make sure I make it to the temple for sure.

2. Stephen Kent Ehat
Lindon, UT,
March 28, 2014

This new and beautiful House of the Lord reminds the viewer of the importance of the great tradition of sparing nothing for the Lord.

1 Kings 6:

11 And the word of the Lord came to Solomon, saying,

12 Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father:

13 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel.

14 So Solomon built the house, and finished it.

* * *

21 So Solomon overlaid the house within with pure gold: and he made a partition by the chains of gold before the oracle; and he overlaid it with gold.

22 And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the house: also the whole altar that was by the oracle he overlaid with gold.

* * *

28 And he overlaid the cherubims with gold.

29 And he carved all the walls of the house round about with carved figures of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, within and without.

3. Clifton Palmer McLendon
Gilmer, TX,
March 29, 2014

That news report was very tastefully done.

4. suzyk#1
Mount Pleasant, UT,
April 1, 2014

Another gorgeous, sacred Temple for active members to attend. We are so blessed to have all these wonderful temples. They are a blessing in our lives.