It was an incredible privilege to take these friends through one of the Lord’s sacred temples and share with them why the temple is so important to us. The feelings one experiences in the baptistery, sealing rooms, and celestial room can be quite profound for those of all faiths. Many of those who toured the temple had spiritual experiences as we sat silently in the celestial room.
We were especially pleased to have visitors from the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, which is just across the street from the new temple. The visit made us feel like we were being welcomed by friends to the neighborhood.
While in Philadelphia, I also had the opportunity to visit with roughly 1,800 of our young people who are preparing to participate in the cultural celebration just before the temple is dedicated.
When young people focus on the temple, there is a light in their eyes, a hope in their countenance, and a spiritual quality that is really magnificent. It was a marvelous experience for me to be with them.