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‘The Time Is Now,’ Tucson temple district youth declare at cultural celebration


For more than 2,100 Latter-day Saint youth in the new Tucson Arizona Temple district, “The Time Is Now!”

That was the message they conveyed Saturday evening, Aug. 12 — the eve of the temple’s dedication — through a cultural celebration, a spectacle of music, dance, color and affirmation, staged at the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, a large baseball park in Tucson.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, welcomed the crowd and referred to one of the Tucson’s nicknames, “the Old Pueblo.”

“From now on, we should call it the New Templo,” said President Uchtdorf, who was set to dedicate the temple on Sunday morning.

“That is the place that Tucson is. You have the newest temple in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the newest of the houses of the Lord around the globe. What privilege it is to be here and celebrate with you.”

The address of the new temple is 7281 North Skyline Drive.

“Actually, I would call it Heavenline, because that’s where it leads to,” President Uchtdorf said. “And you who have prepared, I heard, since April for this wonderful celebration tonight, I would like to encourage you to proceed on this path you have chosen.”

He encouraged the youth to make an entry in their journals about the weekend’s events. “This is a new beginning for you. This a new beginning to build a legacy of success, of spiritual power, of divine influence, not only for you, but also by you.”

The temple and its purpose and goals are a “wonderful harmonizing tool for your life,” President Uchtdorf said, admonishing the youth to harmonize the goals they have set for themselves as…

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