“I am home,” opened President Packer, who attended elementary school 80 years ago at this same spot. “I can see in my mind’s eye a temple sitting here in about two years time. It will be gorgeous; it will be white. You will see in the design of it reflections of previous temples that have been built, particularly the Salt Lake Temple. It will be a beacon from all over the valley.”
Other Church leaders in attendance included Elder Russell M. Nelson, of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, Elder William R. Walker, Executive Director of the Church’s Temple Department, Elder Steven E. Snow, of the Presidency of the Seventy and Elder Allan F. Packer, of the First Quorum of Seventy. Sister Packer also spoke at the service.
President Thomas S. Monson announced the new temple during the Saturday morning session of the 179th Semiannual General Conference. The temple site is located at 250 South Main Street, directly across the street from the historic tabernacle.