The Gila Valley Arizona Temple: Cornerstone ceremony

Hundreds of people gathered on Sunday, May 23, a hot spring morning in Central, Ariz., for the cornerstone ceremony of The Gila Valley Arizona Temple.

Looking out at the vast crowd, President Thomas S. Monson paid homage to another Church president who loved eastern Arizona. Spencer W. Kimball, 12th president of the Church, talked often about the Gila Valley, said President Monson.

“I served with President Kimball,” he said. “He was a great leader and he represented this part of the country very well.”

Speaking to the boys and girls gathered for the ceremony, President Monson asked the boys to serve missions and told them all to get married in the temple.

“That is why we brought a temple down here,” he said.

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