“When you walk into this temple, you see the beauty of what can happen if you work hard and stay the course," Elder S. Gifford Nielsen said.
President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, presided over Sunday’s rededication ceremony. He had toured Houston a short time after the hurricane, pulling on a yellow “Mormon Helping Hands” vest and visiting the gutted homes of families who had lost almost all they owned.
Some of the affected he visited were Latter-day Saints. Others were not. No matter. At each home he reassured people that they were not alone.
At one stop, a local minister asked President Ballard to offer a prayer for his parishioners. At another, an elderly man began to cry when the veteran Mormon leader took his hand before saying: “We’ve come here to help you.”
President Ballard won't wish for another Hurricane Harvey. But in an era defined by bickering and division, he appreciates the emergence of unity and fellowship.