Thousands join in celebration for Boise Temple re-dedication

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Thousands join in celebration for Boise Temple re-dedication

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by Stephanie Zepelin

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Posted on November 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 12:50 AM

BOISE -- Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints gathered at Taco Bell Arena Saturday night to celebrate the re-dedication of the LDS Temple in Boise.

Nearly ten thousand kids performed at the event.

The stands at Taco Bell Arena were packed with people there to watch the performance and hear from church president Thomas S Monson.

"The president of the church speaks for God on the earth. So yea, it is different when he speaks, it's just like god is speaking," said John Durrant, who came to watch the celebration.

Durrant did not have children performing, but he is an area youth leader.

"I think it's fantastic," said Durrant. "We've got nine thousand youth here just to do this performance and I just thinks it's great," he said.

One of those young performers was Camille Bunn.

"It'll be amazing and I'll never get to do it again probably so I'm excited for the opportunity that I have," said Bunn.

More than four thousand dancers, 99 fiddlers, and  more than a thousand singers came to celebrate the re-dedication of the Boise LDS Temple. Bunn, a 17-year-old from Nampa, says she was nervous, but excited for what the celebration means.

"It means that the temple is opening and we get to celebrate our heritage of our community," she said. "It's going to be amazing, a once in a lifetime experience."

The Youth Cultural Celebration, Treasure the Light, marks the completion of the renovated Boise Temple, which will be re-dedicated by Monson on Sunday.

The Temple has been open for public tours. After Sunday's re-dedication, people outside the faith will no longer be allowed inside the Temple.

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