Elder Bednar Dedicates First Temple in His Wife's Home State

by | Oct. 31, 2016

Mormon Life

"I know the people of Star Valley are so excited, they are prepared, and they will serve with all their heart, might, mind and strength. They will not take this blessing for granted," Sister Susan Bednar shared about the dedication of a temple in her hometown and the first temple in Wyoming. 

Latter-day Saints living in this long, green valley nestled along Wyoming’s border with Idaho often speak of a pioneer prophecy—that the spires of a temple would one day rise up below the peaks of the surrounding snow-capped mountains.

That day, foreseen by early Church apostle Moses Thatcher as he looked out over what he named “the star of all valleys,” has arrived.

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The new Star Valley Wyoming Temple, the 154th operating temple of the Church, was dedicated Sunday, Oct. 30, in three sessions by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The first temple in Wyoming—a state known for pioneer heritage—will serve thousands of members in six stakes in western Wyoming and parts of southeastern Idaho.

“We can never live off of the faithfulness of our forefathers. Each generation has to stand on its own holy ground,” Elder Bednar told the Church News the day before the dedication. “But there is a continuation, a blessing of that faithfulness for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.”

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