In the shadow of the historic Box Elder Tabernacle, ground was broken July 31 for the new Brigham City Utah Temple, with President Boyd K. Packer, president of the Quorum of the Twelve, presiding at the morning ceremonies, providing the keynote address, directing the unveiling of the architectural rendering and offering the prayer in dedicating the temple site.
It was a fitting role for President Packer who, along with his wife, Sister Donna Smith Packer, are Brigham City natives; seven of their 10 children were born in the community.
"I am home," said President Packer, who will be 86 on Sept. 10. He attended eight decades ago the old Central School that once sat on the same property. During his talk, he reminisced about growing up with 10 siblings in the community and then raising his own family in Brigham City.