Atlanta Georgia Temple open house dignitaries include Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Martin Luther King III

Following a VIP reception and dinner held on the grounds of the Atlanta Georgia Temple on Friday, April 8, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal toured the temple with Elder William R. Walker of the Seventy.

In addition to the Deals, attendees included Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services; Eva Galamaos, Mayor of Sandy Springs; Reverend Gerald L. Durley, Senior Pastor at Providence Missionary Baptist Church; Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.; Marshall Christman, CFO of UPS Capital; Mike Cassidy, President of Georgia Research Alliance; State Senator Gail Davenport; State Representative Virgil Fludd; and Dikembe Mutombo, former NBA player.

The evening was hosted by Elder M. Keith Giddens, temple rededication chair and an Area Seventy. Local resident Elder J. Devn Cornish, recently called to the Second Quorum of The Seventy, offered the invocation. Following the meal, attendees were treated to an a cappella musical number by the Krogh Family Singers, How Great Thou Art, and then to remarks by Elder Walker. The attendees were shown a short video on temples featuring pictures of early Atlanta congregations. Elder Walker, Elder Giddens, and Clark Hirschi (area relations manager for Church Public Affairs), led the tours of the temple.

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