Darius Rucker Dedicates Concert Performance to Charleston

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Darius Rucker is using his music to bring people together. The 49-year-old musician shot a special for CMT’s upcoming Instant Jam Concert on Wednesday night in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, where the Hootie & the Blowfish frontman dedicated his acapella performance of “Hold My Hand” to Charleston, two months after tragedy struck the city when nine people were shot and killed during a Bible study at one of the nation’s oldest African-American churches. Rucker told the crowd, “We went through a lot crap recently. The tragedy broke my heart. The greatest feeling I’ve had in a long time is when that played out and our city didn’t divide. This song goes out to our city.”

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President Eyring Dedicates Philadelphia Mormon Temple

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President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, dedicated Pennsylvania’s first temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 152nd on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

“It has a feeling in it unlike any temple I’ve ever been in terms of its beauty and the spaciousness, and just the feeling of the house of the Lord. It’s really quite remarkable,” said President Erying.

Accompanying President Eyring to the dedicatory services were Elder D. Todd Christofferson of Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elders Gerrit W. Gong, Anthony D. Perkins and Larry Y. Wilson of the Seventy.

President Eyring directed the completion of the temple construction with the traditional cornerstone ceremony. He placed mortar around the cornerstone and invited others to do the same.

“It’s a wonderful moment in the dedication of this temple,” he said. “There is a stone prepared for us now to seal … it’s symbolic of the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Chief Cornerstone of the Church.”

The 61,000-square-foot temple will serve more than 40,000 Church members in parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland and all of Delaware.

President Eyring told those gathered at the brief ceremony that he was born in New Jersey and was baptized in Philadelphia. “So to me, this is especially significant,” said President Eyring, “that the Lord would have granted this wonderful house to you wonderful people in this part of Zion.”

Plans were announced for the Philadelphia Temple on October 4, 2008, and the Church broke ground September 17, 2011.

Temple construction features classic Georgian architecture designed to blend with the historic Philadelphia architecture. The exterior is clad in granite from Maine, and the interior features stone from Egypt and Italy. The building includes original art glass and an oil-painting wall mural of landscapes important in both American and Church history, including the Susquehanna River and the Delaware River. The temple stands 208 feet tall and is crowned with a gilded statue of Moroni, a Book of Mormon prophet who is significant to Latter-day Saints for his role in the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

140,000 people attended the nearly month-long open house including 4,000 civic, religious and government leaders.

One day before the temple was dedicated several hundred Latter-day Saint youth participated in a cultural celebration marking the completion of the temple with song and dance honoring the state’s heritage and the history of the Church in Pennsylvania. The performance was held at the Liacouras Center at Temple University in Philadelphia.

President Eyring told the performers, “This day is historic in your lives. You will always remember the feeling of celebration and faith as you prepared for this performance tonight. You will tell your children and perhaps your grandchildren that you were here and how you felt,” he said.

Latter-day Saint temples differ from the meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord,” where the teachings of Jesus Christ are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ceremonies that unite families for eternity.

1994 – Brownsburg, Indiana Church Dedicates New Pipe Organ

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Anne Ryder introduces this photo essay by Jim Hall, as aired in Indianapolis. The organ was installed at Calvary United Methodist Church. Senior pastor Harold Leininger is interviewed as is associate pastor Andrea Leininger.

Executive Minister Dedicates House of Worship in Bakersfield, California

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Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, dedicates house of worship in Bakersfield, California. Members of the Church of the Christ holds worldwide God’s Message Distribution Drive. “Walang Take Two” film premieres at film festival in London.

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Executive Minister Dedicates House of Worship in Lubbock, Texas

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Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, dedicates the new house of worship in Lubbock, Texas. INCGiving continues to impact communities in the US and Canada. “Walang Take Two” wins at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema London.

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Baltimore church dedicates youth center to Freddie Gray

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A Baltimore church is opening a youth center dedicated to Freddie Gray.

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Church Dedicates Gilbert Arizona Mormon Temple

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The Church’s 142nd temple and Arizona’s fourth was dedicated and presided over by Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday, 2 March 2014. His first counselor, President Henry B. Eyring in the First Presidency, also offered the temple dedicatory prayer in two of the sessions.


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