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By Jane Dumont

Elder Oaks Dedicates New Washington DC Temple Visitors' Center Theater

Elder Oaks Dedicates New Washington DC Temple Visitors' Center Theater WASHINGTON, DC -- Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided and offered the dedicatory prayer for the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center Rededication and Dedication of the Theater on Tuesday, November 28, 2000, at the Center in Kensington, Md. Elder David E. Salisbury, Visitors' Center Director, conducted the program and spoke about the history and purpose of the visitors' center.

Sid Foulger, the benefactor and builder of the theater, related how the theater was "created by a committee." He also commented on his 38 year history of work on the Washington D.C. Temple from the ground breaking in 1962, the temple dedication in 1974, to the present renovation of the center along with the new theater. Washington D.C. Temple President Sterling D. Colton offered the opening prayer.

"The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" was previewed prior to the dedication ceremony. This film will be shown twice daily beginning in January 2001. The film, "Legacy," is currently shown twice a day and will continue to be shown in 2001.

The 23rd Annual Festival of Lights, Trees and Music will be held in the new theater and begin Thursday, December 1 with 30 minute performances nightly at 7 and 8 p.m. during December. Musical presentations scheduled throughout the year will now be held on the theater's stage.


As the Washington, D.C. Temple was nearing completion in 1974, the decision was made to construct a Visitors' Center on the temple site. The building was completed in June of 1976 and because it was the bicentennial year, Church officials decided to dedicate the center on July 3rd, the nearest possible date to the nation's birthday. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir was present and the dedicatory prayer was offered by President Spencer W. Kimball.

A major modification took place in early 1986 and on June 4, 1988, after further remodeling, the unveiling of the Christus statue was held with Elder Dallin H. Oaks as the speaker.

The Visitors' Center was closed from January 1 to August 1, 1999, for extensive remodeling, redecorating and the installation of many new state-of-the-art exhibits. Shortly after the Center was reopened, ground was broken for the new 544 seat film and performing arts theater which, along with the rededication of the visitors' center, is being dedicated this evening.


Clarence E. Stoker (Barbara) 1976-78
Donald P. Lloyd (Helen) 1978-79
Wayne A. Reeves (Madge) 1979-81
Ralph Hill (Afton) 1981-82
Ray Loughton (Elsa) 1982-83
Robert E. Sackley (Marjorie) 1983-85
Elmo P. Humphreys (Amy) 1985-86
Richard Grant Rees (Dorothy) 1986-87
David S. Hatch (Barbara) 1987-89
Bruce E. Belnap (Phyllis) 1989-90
Roland R. Wright (Marjorie) 1991-93
Spencer F. Jenson (Joyce) 1993-95
Don L. Christensen (Marva) 1995-97
F. MacRay Christensen (Joan) 1997-99
David E. Salisbury (Carol) 1999-01


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