I was so glad that my mom and dad could come out for the weekend and go to the celebration and dedication with us. It was so special to share that with them. Because of my work on the celebration I was given tickets for my family to attend the dedication inside the temple. What a special treat! My dad booked us a room at the Residents Inn in Fort Collins so we wouldn’t have to drive back and forth. That was sooooo nice. It made it feel like we actually got a tiny break in between the celebration and dedication. We had tickets for the noon session. We got ready, ate the hotel breakfast and then Rusty went to drop Blake off at the Bohn’s while the rest of us headed over to the temple. It was a beautifully sunny, windy day and the temple looked lovely. We were seated in Sealing room 1. We had to arrive pretty early and Josh did a great job sitting quietly until the dedication began. About 5 minutes to noon the door of our sealing room opened and in walked Pres. Uchdorf and Elder Renlund! There was a little gasp from all of us when we realized who they were. They welcomed us to the temple and then shook a few hands.
We watched the dedication on TV monitors. Right at the very end, during the Hosanna Shout, the monitors went out! We opened our doors and the room across from us did the same so we could semi hear what was going on. They stayed out for a few minutes but eventually came back on. They also went out again in the middle of the closing prayer 🙂
Elder Uchtdorf urged the children and youth to record their thoughts and impressions in their journal. So on Monday morning, that’s exactly what we did .
Blake wrote about the open house since he wasn’t quite old enough to attend the dedication:
Text of the dedicatory prayer given by Elder Uchtdorf:
O God our Eternal Father, we come unto Thee in the name of Thy Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Redeemer. Our hearts are filled with gratitude as we assemble in this Thy holy house to dedicate the Fort Collins Colorado Temple for the accomplishment of Thy revealed purposes.
This is a day of rejoicing and thanksgiving. We thank Thee for the gift of Thy Son who gave His life for each of us. We thank Thee for the everlasting gospel which He taught. We thank Thee for his supreme sacrifice in our behalf and for the redemption of all mankind.
We thank Thee for the restoration of Thy glorious work in this “dispensation of the fullness of times.” We thank Thee for the Prophet Joseph Smith, Thy chosen and ordained servant, through whom this work was revealed. We thank Thee for a living prophet in our day, even President Thomas S. Monson; we love him, we sustain him, and we pray for him.
We thank Thee for the generations of faithful Saints who have gone before in this sacred work; for their sacrifices, courage, and faith and for all who are building Thy work and kingdom today.
We give thanks and pray for a blessing for the many who were instrumental in building this beautiful House of the Lord. We ask Thee to touch the lives and hearts of the people who live in this temple district that they will seek out and hearken to the message of truth and come into the fold of Christ. Please continue to bring about the miracle of conversion among the great and good people of this nation.
Dearest Father, forgive us our many shortcomings. Strengthen our faith and fortify us against weakness. Give us power to resist the deceits of the adversary. May love for Thee and Thy Son grow in our hearts, and may it be expressed in our kindness and love to one another as Thy covenant sons and daughters.
Thou hast sent Thy prophet Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers. This holy temple opens the gates to eternity that these purposes may be fulfilled.
And now, acting in the authority of the everlasting priesthood, and as Thy humble servants, we dedicate to Thee and Thy Beloved Son the Fort Collins Colorado Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
We dedicate the building from the footings to the top of the steeple with its crowning figure of Moroni. Wilt Thou, O God, accept it as the gift of Thy thankful children. Wilt Thou sanctify it by Thy Holy Spirit for Thy sacred work and purposes. We dedicate the grounds with all its vegetation together with all ancillary structures.
Bless this temple with a mantle of holiness. May it stand as a beacon of everlasting truth and light and as an invitation to come unto Thee. Wilt Thou protect this temple from any harm or defilement.
May all who come to this temple do so worthily before Thee. May their hearts be lifted and their minds be elevated to things divine.
Father we plead with Thee to bless the youth of Thy church with a desire to receive an understanding of Thy work by study and also by faith. Bless them with courage, moral strength, and an enduring trust in Thee to press forward and become true disciples of Thy Son.
Bless all who attend this temple in any capacity that Thy sacred covenants and ordinances may be deeply anchored in their minds and hearts. May they know that the service they give is service unto Thee, and may they find joy therein.
We thank Thee for faithful tithe-payers throughout the world whose consecrated offerings have made possible this and other temples. Open the windows of heaven and shower down blessings upon them. May they feel Thy love and may Thine encircling arms of mercy be round about them.
Our Father in heaven, we love Thee and Thy Beloved Son. We thank Thee for His atoning sacrifice. All of the blessings of this temple rest upon that great divine act of Thy love and the love of Thy Son, the Savior of all mankind.
With gratitude and love, we dedicate the Fort Collins Colorado Temple unto Thee, and we rededicate ourselves to Thee and Thy service in the name of our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.