LDS Temple lights up for Christmas; STGnews Videocast

St. George Temple lighting ceremony, 28. Nov, 2014. | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The night may have been chilly Friday, but visitors to the St. George LDS Temple were warmed by the sight of thousands of illuminated, colorful lights throughout the temple grounds.

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Videocast by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

The annual temple lighting ceremony, at which thousands of volunteer-placed lights were fired up for the Christmas season, commenced with a short program conducted by Elder Robert Watkins, director of the Temple Visitors’ Center. St. George Mayor Jon Pike offered an opening prayer and was then followed by speaker Elder Terry L. Wade, Area Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Tuacahn High School Madrigals sang “Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains,” which was written by John Macfarlane, who once resided in St. George. At the end of the program, the choir led attendees in singing “Silent Night.” Simultaneously, the lights began to light up the grounds of the Temple at about 6 p.m.

The thousands of lights will remain on display until New Year’s day for all visitors to come see and enjoy, free of charge.

The St. George Temple is located at 250 E. 400 South in St. George.

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14 Comments

  • Herd November 30, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Nobody was dancing and no skittles falling from the sky and no unicorns were to be seen. No jolly fellow named Santa Claus either.

  • Not Mormon November 30, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Will other churches get this same exclusive news coverage to include photos and videos for their nativity scenes and Christmas events or is this reporting reserved solely for the mormon church?

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic November 30, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Given that you read and comment on the majority of St. George News reports, NM, I’m surprised you have to ask that. We aim to be inclusive of as many walks of life and beliefs as we encounter. Keep watching and reading. 😀
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      • Not Mormon November 30, 2014 at 12:29 pm

        Even though this community is mostly mormon, I don’t see why the rest of us should be inundated with that church events, stories, dogma, history, yadi-yadi-ya and etc in public news sources, things that in my experience, typically appear in the church bulletins, not public news sources. Are they paying for advertising space? Shouldn’t other churches, religions, beliefs, etc should merit equal time and space and free advertising in those news sources?

        • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic November 30, 2014 at 12:41 pm

          I’m so sorry, NM – perhaps I was cryptic in my reply? We give much reporting on many undertakings of many institutions, religions, interests – I’m not sure why you would not know that, given your participation on most stories? But, I have an idea! How about you and I meet for lunch? Shall we do it? Call me directly: 435-632-0825. I expect I would much enjoy visiting with you.
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          • SUSAN November 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm

            Joyce, I find your comment to be unprofessional. It is true that most of the reporting is somehow tied to the church (LDS). But, bravo on attempting to call out and embarass a reader who doesn’t share your views.

          • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic November 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm

            No views expressed, Susan. Quite the opposite, I’m inviting NM to meet with me and share concerns about various views which we endeavor to represent. Would you like to join us for lunch? You are welcome, just give me a call directly: 435-632-0825.
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            Editor in Chief

        • My Evil Twin December 1, 2014 at 6:52 am

          Geeze Not Mormon, lighten up a little. I too am not Mormon, but it doesn’t bother me to read about what is going on with the LDS Church. Particularly something as outstanding as the Christmas display at the temple.
          If we were in a predominantly Catholic community, we would be reading a lot about what goes on in the diocese. So what? If you don’t want to read about it, nobody is forcing you to do so.
          Perhaps if all those good Lutherans, Methodists, Baptists (whatever flavor) and Catholics would work a bit more on press releases about what actually is happening in their churches, we would read more about it.
          Joyce, I don’t see your replies as being either cryptic or unprofessional. You can’t please everybody. And some folks are impossible to please no matter what.

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP November 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    too funny

  • ladybugavenger November 30, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    That’s a great invitation Joyce….I wish I had some juicy local story to tell. All ive got is put more sugar in koolaid

  • real life November 30, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    @Not Mormon. I am not Mormon, and will never be. There is zero chance in that ever happening. That being said, the great big white building in the middle of town is going to foster some attention, when it is all lit up. It’s not a bad thing that STG news is reporting on it. As far as Joyce goes, she sure seems like a nice lady, who tries to give everyone a fair shot at voicing their opinion.

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP November 30, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    are they gonna put lights on the actual building too?

  • Frank December 1, 2014 at 6:23 am

    I feel they do a good job. You non Mormons are always crying on here about something. I just counted and the majority of stories have nothing to do with the church. Quit making stuff up in your minds. You are like those annoying little yip yip dogs that can’t shut it.

  • Frank December 1, 2014 at 6:29 am

    I just looked at the main page page and can’t believe that you put so many stories on here about car drivers. Us people that ride the bus never get any coverage. What about the taxi riders? Every time I get on here I am forced to read about car drivers. Can you report more on us that don’t drive cars?

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