President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has spent the weekend in Mexico City rededicating the temple there. Thousands of Church members throughout Utah also participated in the services.
The Mexico City Temple has opened its doors after a 19 month renovation. Dedicated in 1983, it was the first temple in this nation, which now has 12. It is also home to more than 1 million Latter-day Saints.
Many were part of rededication services today, filling rooms from the baptismal font to the brides' room to the Celestial room.
Last night, President Monson met with 100,000 church members in Mexico City's stadium, sharing with them a song from his Spanish class. After singing he said, "That is the first and only time I have sung a solo in a conference."
His song was the prelude to a cultural celebration, with song and dance from thousands of young church members.
"You will experience the saying ‘God gave us memories to enjoy in the twilight of our lives.' May you never forget this experience," President Monson told the people.
Throughout Utah, Latter-day Saints gathered in chapels this evening to watch the dedicatory services. Those we spoke with said it felt like being there.
"This is the most spiritual experience I've had since I came here," Loyda Tovar said.
Rudolpho Hernandez said, "The Spirit was so strong that it's hard to express in words."
"It was a great experience to see it on TV. It felt like I was there," Benjamin Uriarte said.
People of two countries united in celebration of their culture and of their faith.
President Monson traveled with his daughter, Ann Dibb, and his first counselor, President Henry B. Eyring and wife Kathleen.
The Mexico City Temple serves more than 260,000 Church members in that area of the country.