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Sam Penrod Reporting President Hinckley spoke tonight to the priesthood of the church on a theme of cleanliness. He spoke of being clean in language, adding, "Be clean in body and dress and manner. Do not permit yourself to be tattooed."
He also warned of the dangers of the Internet, cautioning that inappropriate "use of the computer leads to degrading thoughts and actions."
And certainly the highlight of today's conference was the rededication of the Tabernacle. It is the first time in seven and a half years and possibly the last time it will be used for general conference.
President Hinckley said, "As we sit here it brings back a thousand memories as we contemplate the past when we held so many meetings of various kinds in this great hall."
Inside the Salt Lake Tabernacle it was a scene from the past. Today a dedication service was held after the Tabernacle underwent two and a half years of remodeling.
"Now this building has undergone extensive renovation and remodeling to bring it up to the latest seismic code. With this undertaking , we hope and pray that its historical features have not been destroyed," President Hinckley said.
The Tabernacle opened in 1867, and for 133 years, until the Conference Center was finished in the year 2000, was the home for General Conference.
While there are improvements, President Hinckley noted some things about the Tabernacle never change. "Some of the old benches have been saved and will continue to be used, but as you already discovered the new benches are just as hard as the old ones."
For those who were inside the Tabernacle for today's service, the rededication was a memorable and historical moment, especially for a family of church converts from Russia who saw Temple Square for the first time.
Miska from Siberia told KSL, "I've never been in such a place and have never seen so many members of the church in the same place and same time, and it was great."
President Hinckley also spoke tonight of the church's growth during his 12-year administration but added more effort from church members will make for a greater future.