Members of the Santa Clarita Valley (Calif.) Interfaith Council visited the newly completed San Diego Temple March 23. Touring the edifice were religious leaders from several faiths, including Methodist, Assemblies of God, Evangelical, Lutheran, Catholic and Seventh-Day Adventist.
The trip to the temple, about 165 miles south of Santa Clarita, was sponsored by the Santa Clarita and Valencia California stakes. Valencia is located in the Santa Clarita Valley, about 40 miles northeast of Los Angeles.Barbara Myler, regional director of public affairs, related that the "opening of the San Diego Temple gave us the unique opportunity to build new bridges of understanding among our interfaith friends in the community."
Upon arriving at the temple, the council was met by Pres. Michael L. Jensen of the Penasquitos California Stake, which is near San Diego. Temple Pres. Floyd L. Packard then took the visitors on a tour of the temple.
Twice during the tour, Pres. Packard invited council members to sit and ask questions regarding the temple and the activities associated with the different rooms.
One council member, Fran Bloom, wife of the Rev. Bob Bloom of an Assemblies of God congregation, was impressed with the graciousness of Pres. Packard. "I wish my husband was able to join us on this tour," she said. "He attended a tour several weeks ago, but I know that Pres. Packard gave us extra special treatment."