MONTREAL QUEBEC: 'That time cannot break'
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Following is the full text of the dedicatory prayer for the Montreal Quebec Temple given by President Gordon B. Hinckley on June 4, 2000.
Our Eternal Father in Heaven, we Thy covenant children come unto Thee in solemn prayer. This is a day which will long be remembered by Thy faithful Saints in this choice part of Thy vineyard. We are met to dedicate unto Thee, Thou great Elohim, and to Thy Son, our Redeemer, this the Montreal Quebec Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is our gift to Thee, dear Father. It is an expression of our love for Thee and for Thy divine Son.
Acting in the authority of the everlasting priesthood, that priesthood which is a precious bestowal from Thee, and in the name of our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, we dedicate and consecrate this holy house, the grounds on which it stands, and every facility of this temple. Bless the structure that it may stand against the storms of nature and against any act by unholy hands. We consecrate unto Thee the beautiful baptismal font, the endowment rooms, the celestial room, the sealing rooms with their sacred altars, and all other spaces and facilities found herein.
May all who enter the portals of Thy house be worthy to come as Thy guests and enjoy Thy rich and bounteous blessings. This is a house of salvation and exaltation for the living and the dead, made possible through the Atonement of the Savior of the world. Every ordinance performed herein, every blessing granted will be eternal in its consequences.
This house becomes a fulfillment of the promise that Thou, in Thy power, "will reveal . . . the Priesthood by the hand of Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
"And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers.
"If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming" (D&C 2).
How wondrous are Thy ways, dear Father. Great are Thy promises, and certain is their fulfillment. These eternal keys have been restored through the prophet Elijah and will be exercised herein by those holding the fullness of the everlasting priesthood. Wonderful is our gratitude for the blessings of this sacred edifice.
We praise Thy holy name and speak words of thanks unto Thee for Thy generous blessings. Here we will enter into covenant with Thee. Here our families will be sealed together under divine authority that time cannot break and death cannot destroy. Here we will engage in a marvelous work in behalf of the dead, extending to them the wonderful blessings that have come to us.
Oh God, our gracious Father, we thank Thee and bow in reverence before Thee. Bless us to be worthy always of coming to this Thy house. Save us from evil and doubt. Bless us with righteousness and faith. May Thy holy Spirit be felt by all who come within these walls. May old men dream dreams and young men see visions as they contemplate the wonder and majesty of Thy divine and eternal plan for the salvation and exaltation of Thy sons and daughters of all generations.
We pray for all who shall serve here, be they workers or patrons. We pray for the temple presidency, for the matron and her assistants, and for all who labor in Thy service. May their burdens be light. May they have strength and energy. May gladness crown their efforts.
We thank Thee for the faithful tithe payers among Thy people throughout the world. It is they who have made all of this possible. Bless them for their faith and reward them for their consecrations. Bless Thy kingdom throughout the earth that it shall grow and multiply and fill the earth with righteousness.
On this historic day we sing Thy praises, dear Father. We speak words of thanksgiving. We look upward to Thee and pray that Thou wilt smile with favor upon us.
We are ever mindful that Thou art our God, the Father of our spirits, the Almighty governor of the universe, the judge of the nations. How thankful we are that we can come unto Thee in prayer with confidence that Thou wilt hear and answer. We so pray on this day of dedication as we renew our faith and strengthen our covenants, in the name of Him who is our Redeemer, our Savior, our Lord and our King, even Jesus Christ, amen.