Feather River Temple
Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held a small groundbreaking ceremony for the Feather River California Temple in Yuba City, California, on Saturday, July 18, 2020.
Since then, framework, walls, and other details such as arches and a dome have been added. Great care is being taken to prepare this temple to be set apart as the house of the Lord. This temple in Yuba City will stand for years to come as a beacon of light for the entire community. More information on the completion and open house will be available here.
Before the temple is dedicated, all are invited to come and take part in the temple open house. The open house includes a video and a walk-through tour of the temple, which is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside! Once the temple is dedicated, the temple is reserved for faithful members of the Church who are willing and prepared. When the Feather River temple is completed, you are invited to come and enjoy its peace and beauty.
When a temple is completed, a sacred prayer is offered dedicating the building to God. “That it may be holy in His sight; that it may be a house of prayer, a house of praise and of worship; that His glory may rest upon it; that His holy presence may be continually in it” (Dedicatory Prayer for Salt Lake Temple, 1893). In this dedicatory prayer, gratitude for the privilege of having a temple is expressed, and often, blessings for the community are faithfully requested.
How Temples Bless the Community
A sacred space dedicated to God is a blessing for all who surround it. Even the grounds serve as a place for contemplation and inspiration. The work that occurs inside the temple after its dedication is also a source of joy.
Within the temple, you have the opportunity to make sacred promises with God in special ceremonies, like marriage, where a husband and wife, and therefore their children, can be sealed together for all time and eternity.
In the temple we can access the power of godliness. God has made these blessings available to all of his children, including those who are no longer living. In temples, you can perform sacred ceremonies such as baptism for ancestors and others who have passed on. This doesn't compel those who have passed to be baptized or join the church, but gives them the opportunity to fully accept Jesus Christ.
At the groundbreaking, Elder Watkins, a church leader for the Northern California region, prayed “for the surrounding community that they will see and know that this temple is a blessing to them.” Elder Watkins asked for a blessing, stating that “ancestors of those who are not . . . members . . . in this area will have an increased influence upon their families here on earth.”