Summarized by Kent Larsen
Temple honors Mormon roots
Rochester NY Democrat and Chronicle 26May99 C3
By Doug Mandelaro: Democrat and Chronicle
MANCHESTER, NY -- President Gordon B. Hinckley spoke at the groundbreaking
ceremony for the Palmyra NY Temple on Tuesday, May 25th. President Hinckley
indicated to the audience that this Temple is special for its location. "I
regard this temple as perhaps the most significant in one respect in the
entire church," Hinckley told an audience enduring rain showers. "This is
where it all began. . . . I marvel at what has happened here. From this
place, this work has spread over the Earth to more than 160 nations and to
more than 10 million people. Who could ever have imagined it?"
The Temple, actually in Manchester, New York, just over the Palmyra town
line, should be completed in about a year. It will serve the Rochester area
and most of upstate New York. The town of Manchester approved the
construction last month over concerns of some residents that the Temple
would attract too much traffic. Other residents noted that the Temple would
boost the local economy.
After the ceremonial first shovelfull of earth was moved, President
Hinckley invited a number of attendees, including several children, to
also break-open the site.
One of those able to turn a spadefull of earth was former Eastman Kodak
chairman and local leader Kay R. Whitmore. He said that this was a great
blessing to members in the Rochester area. "This is beyond belief that this
could happen, this is really, really a big deal for us," he said. Whitmore,
can remember that in the 1950s there were only a handful of Mormons in the
area. Now there are about 6,000 near Rochester.
Alexandra Ahern, 10, and her sister, Brooke, 7, were also able to wield the
spade. "I got to dig up where the temple is going to be," a beaming Brooke
President of Mormon Church consecrates new temple site
(Long Island) NY Newsday (AP) 26May99 C3