BOISE -- After a 17 month renovation, the Boise Temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is back open. For members of the church, Sunday was a significant day on many levels. The church canceled its normal services to allow members from all over to participate in a dedication ceremony.
For the last month, anyone and everyone had a chance to go inside the Boise LDS Temple. Now, only members of the church in good standing will be able to go inside. And for the first time since 1988, the president of the church came to Boise. President Thomas S. Monson was in town to re-dedicate the Temple.
Elder David A. Bednar - a member of the church's Quorum of the 12 Apostles - the church's second highest governing body - accomponied Monson and explains why temples are so important to the faith.
"For the members of our church, this is the ultimate in receiving the covenants and the ordinances, or the sacraments that are available to us in our church," said Bednar.
Dressed all in white for the ceremony, Bednar stepped outside with his wife Susan to answer a few of our questions about why this building is so important.
"There's a warmth, there's a light, there's a brightness, there's a radiance that comes from a temple anywhere in the world. It blesses those who are of our faith and those who are not of our faith," said Bednar.
Jeff Erekson from Boise is just one of tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of Idahoans who attended one of three dedications broadcast to LDS churches all over the state.
"Very special occasion for us. Our prophet is here for the first time in many years, President Monson, Elder Bednar from the Quorum of the 12 Apostles is also here with us today, and it will be wonderful to be with them here in the temple," said Erekson.
Written on the outside of the Temple - Mormons believe that each temple is truly the house of the Lord.
"To be in the House of the Lord, with these faithful saints, and to watch their expressions, to see their faces, to see their eyes, to see the light in their eyes, to see the tears that well up in their eyes, and to feel the power of the Holy Ghost in rich abundance in these experiences is a magnificient thing," said Bednar.
Bednar says between the huge cultural celebration Saturday night at Taco Bell Arena and the dedication Sunday, the weekend was a success.
"We're grateful now that it's dedicated, it's in use and the blessings of the temple are again available to our people here in Boise," said Bednar.
Approximately 170 thousand people toured the temple during the month-long open house.
The Boise Temple serves over 100 thousand church members in southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon.