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How a new temple has brought together Sikhs, Hindus, and Latter-day Saints

The angel Moroni atop the Feather River California Temple in Yuba City, California.
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ connection to the land on which the Feather River California Temple sits in Yuba City goes back 50 years. It is a story rich in interfaith harmony and mutual respect.

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In the early 1970s, Mehar Tumber and his family (devout Sikhs) owned the land and used it to grow peaches. Church leaders had struggled to find a suitable property for a stake center, a building in which multiple congregations could meet. Tumber, a man of great faith, was not in the market to sell. But he changed his mind after Church representatives approached him about making a deal.

“He loved the idea,” said Raji Tumber, his daughter. “He came home that day when he said yes and said, ‘I’m so happy. We are so blessed to have the Church here as our neighbor, as our anchor. They’re going to anchor us and keep us. We’re going to be in a great relationship.’”

You can read more about Mehar, Raji, and the diverse community relationship surrounding the new Feather River California Temple, on Church Newsroom.

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