This post is a little late, but I couldn't not mention it! On Feb. 9, the night before the Rexburg Idaho Temple dedication, a Cultural Celebration was held in the Hart Auditorium. It was amazing! And I was lucky enough to be a part of it. There was a lot of singing (I was in the choir), dancing, cheering, acting and fun! There was also a lot of historic video and stories ranging from those who settled the valley to those who endured the flood and many other historic events--overall, it told the story of the Upper Snake River Valley. Elder Bednar, Elder Nelson and Elder Costa were there, which added so much. President Monson and President Eyring were both supposed to be there, but as most of you know, President Eyring broke a bone in his ankle, and President Monson's plans had changed and he wasn't able to come until Sunday. So that was kind of disappointing, but the show still went on! It was amazing to see the beginnings of this valley that they almost gave up on, abundant with wind, cold, dirt, lava rock. A few of those unwanted traits still exist :), but this valley has divinely transformed and now welcomes a temple on the hill. The whole night was exactly what it was intended to be--a celebration. If you weren't able to attend, you can search it on YouTube--it's not nearly as amazing, but you'll be able to get a glimpse. :) The spirit was so strong, I totally lost it at the very end when we were singing The Spirit of God and all the little kids in white were "coming toward the temple." I was so blessed to be a part of this. It is definitely something I will never forget!
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