By Kent Larsen
LDS Church to Lay New Nauvoo Temple Cornerstones Sunday
NAUVOO, ILLINOIS -- At noon on Sunday, LDS Church officials will lay the
four cornerstones of the new Nauvoo Temple, following as much as possible
the way the cornerstones were originally laid on April 6, 1841. The ceremony
will include hymns from the Church's first hymnal performed by two choirs.
Several LDS General Authorities will attend the ceremony.
However, the Church declined to give some details of the ceremony to even
the Church-owned Deseret News. The ceremony is being held on an active
construction site, so "attendance at the cornerstone ceremony will be
limited primarily to those who live in the immediate area," said the
Church's announcement of the event. The Church would also not say if LDS
Church President Gordon B. Hinckley will attend the ceremony or not.
President Hinckley announced that the Church would construct a working
replica of the original Nauvoo Temple during the LDS Church's April 1999
General Conference, indicating that a large contribution from an anonymous
donor made the project possible. The groundbreaking for the building was
held earlier this year, and Church officials expect construction to be
completed some time in 2002.
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By Carrie A. Moore: Deseret News religion editor