By Lon Pearson
LDS Temple Announced for Nebraska
By Lon Pearson
Because the word got out quickly through Nick Literski's Latter-day Saint Temple Homepage here in Nebraska something had to be done quickly in the way of getting the word out officially.
The three stakes in the Omaha area met in firesides Saturday evening to
make an official announcement of the temple. (The new Council Bluff's
stake, which is without a building had to meet in the Papillion Stake
Center at 6:00 pm on Saturday, and the Omaha and Papillion Stakes met at
8:00 pm in their own buildings).
Kearney Stake was informed officially by the Stake High Council in their
visits on Sunday, and Lincoln Stake was informed by the attached press
release, which was released late on Saturday and will be in the LDS Church
News next Saturday.
Kearney Stake is split in distance to the new temple, with Ogallala closer
to the Denver Temple. Kearney, Grand Island and Hastings are less than 200
miles to the Omaha Temple. North Platte at about 280 miles away from both
cities is precisely half-way between Omaha and Denver.
Nonetheless, it is with great joy that the announcement has been received.
Gasps were heard when the announcement was made in the Kearney Ward during
Sacrament Meeting yesterday. Several of us knew of the plans but could not
say anything. The Saints in Iowa were sure that the temple would be in
Council Bluffs. The Saints in many areas felt that Lincoln was more
central. The Prophet felt inspired through revelation that the place for
the temple was as near as possible to the resting places of our pioneer
ancestors who sacrificed their lives in the movement westward 150 years ago.
L.D.S. Temple Announced for Nebraska
LDS Church - Lincoln Nebraska Press Release 21Jun99
Omaha Nebraska will be the site for a new temple, local leaders of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced.
"Confirmation of plans to build the temple came from the First Presidency,
the Church's top governing body," said Arthur Taylor, president of the
Omaha Nebraska Stake.
The Church is finalizing plans to build the temple at Winter Quarters in
Florence. Nebraska is rich with Mormon history. Winter Quarters was
settled in the 1840's by Mormon pioneers. After the settlement ceased,
Florence became a staging area for the Mormon Trail.
"This is wonderful news for all members in Nebraska," says Greg Burton,
president of the Lincoln Nebraska Stake. For years, members in this area
have traveled hundreds of miles to St. Louis, Denver and Chicago to attend
the temple. We are grateful to have one so close."
Don Adams of North Platte, who is the President of the Kearney Nebraska
Stake which includes an area from Grand Island to Ogallala, said: "It's a
blessing for the Kearney Stake to have a temple built in Omaha, because now
there will be a temple much closer to Grand Island, Kearney, and most of
the members of our stake."
The new temple will be the latest in a series of "smaller" temples
announced by the Church. These smaller temples are intended to accommodate
the needs of the growing Church membership. This will bring the total
number of temples either currently operating, under construction, or
announced by the Church to 113.
Latter-day Saint temples are used by faithful members of the Church for
marriages, baptisms, and other sacred ordinances focusing on the eternal
potential of family relationships. They should not be confused with the
thousands of meetinghouses that serve local congregations. Rather, they
serve wider geographic areas.
"Temples are constructed of the finest materials and craftsmanship
available and are surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds. Local
church members will give volunteer service to help administer temple
ordinances and to maintain the building and grounds," said President Taylor.
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