“I pray the blessings of the Lord upon you, for your goodness and your faithfulness,” President Eyring told the crowd at the Cedar City Utah Temple dedication. “I know that this house will be a blessing to all of you, to your families and for the generations.”
Descendants of pioneer settlers — sent south by Brigham Young in the 1850s to mine iron deposits in the hills of what would become Iron County — have been raised with an “iron will.”
Almost 170 years after southern Utah settlements sprang up, local residents continue to carry on the legacy left to them — one of hard work, pioneer grit, determination, sacrifice and faith.
For many in these communities, a new temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — the Cedar City Utah Temple — stands as a symbol of that legacy.