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By Kent Larsen

Guadalajara Mexico Temple Dedicated

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO -- President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dedicated the church's 105th operating Temple yesterday, sealing the Temple's cornerstone in a short ceremony and dedicating the building a little later. In the dedicatory prayer for the Guadalajara Temple, President Hinckley blessed both the people and the land in which the building is located.

At the cornerstone ceremony, following a prayer from Moctezuma Stake President Americo Garcia, President Hinckley told those attending that while the sealing of a cornerstone was once an important part of constructing a building, it is now largely symbolic. He then put the mortar in place to seal the stone, and, as has been his custom with other Temples, invited several children from among those present to help.

One local church member, Graciela Garcia, reported on the email list ezine-sud that the dedication was inspiring, filling those attending with joy. "I can't describe the emotion that filled us as we felt the Spirit. Our beloved prophet blessed our homes, our country and its leaders, and asked for good relations with our neighbors, and that we be respected by them. He blessed our land, and asked that we remain faithful in spite of trials."

The Guadalajara Temple is the 11th Temple operating in Mexico. A 12th Temple in the country, in Monterrey, is under construction after its ground breaking last November.

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