On March 16, thousands of Pocatello Latter-day Saints gathered under crisp, sunny skies for the groundbreaking ceremony commencing construction of the Pocatello Idaho Temple.
Seated on the front row were more than a dozen representatives from the Pocatello religious community. They were Christians, Muslims, Jews and practitioners of the Baha’i Faith.
And they were all friends, sitting alongside Latter-day Saints to celebrate a future temple. Many even stood with a trio of General Authorities and turned a shovel of soil, signaling the beginning of the temple construction.
Many said they were honored being participants in the groundbreaking and not just mere spectators.
“This is a great day,” said Mohammed Safar of the Islamic Society of South East Idaho. “I will cherish this memory.”