A ceremonial groundbreaking is a lot like that.
The soil to be "broken" is trucked in, the shovels are golden and inscribed. Chances are the real excavation will begin elsewhere.
But if a groundbreaking is an event of the imagination, what emerges from it is very real, indeed.
In fact, for those who believe spiritual life trumps daily life, a groundbreaking opens the way for some of the most real experiences on the planet.
So it was last Saturday at the groundbreaking for the Brigham City Utah Temple.
President Boyd K. Packer presided, spoke and offered the dedicatory prayer. For those who haven't heard, he's Brigham City's Favorite Son. He grew up near the Peach City Apartments, ate ice cream at the Peach City malt shop and married the Peach Days Peach Queen.