Temple gives identity to Brigham City

Years ago, a group from Matsumoto, Japan — Salt Lake's sister city — came to town on a goodwill tour. The leader of the group made a joke at a banquet. I'm sure most felt the punchline was lost in translation.

"We feel a real kinship with Salt Lake City," he said, "even though we are a castle town and you're a temple town."

In Japan, some ancient villages were built around a castle — like Matsumoto. Others, Nagano for example, were built around a temple. The man from Matsumoto had spent some time at Temple Square and saw there a familiar theme.

I mention this because I, too, now live in a temple town: Brigham City, Utah.

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