Ground breaking and Site Dedication: 3 July 1999 by Rex D. Pinegar
The Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
serves members from 13 stakes in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and
During the groundbreaking ceremony for the Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Temple, Elder Rex D. Pinegar of the Seventy and president of the North
America Southwest Area declared that turning the ceremonial shovelful of soil
during groundbreaking services is symbolic of "turning our lives over to Christ
and keeping His commandments." He also recognized the role that having a temple
in an area plays in aiding members to develop their faith and build strong
families. Additionally, the temple's presence will help the youth of the temple
district to see their future clearly and understand what the Lord expects of
During his remarks,Elder Pinegar also referred to the deadly
tornado which struck Oklahoma City May 3. After the tornado, he toured the
devastated areas and saw little standing but the people, which manifested their
faith. He mentioned the pure motivations of Church members who reached out to
help others simply because they wanted to help.
Also speaking during the groundbreaking services was Elder J.
Michael Moeller, an Area Authority Seventy. Elder Moeller spoke of the tragedies
that have occurred in Oklahoma City in the last few years including the federal
building bombing in April 1995. It will be a great blessing to have a temple in
this area, he added. In addition, he explained how Isaiah opened his writings by
talking about temples and that Daniel spoke of a stone cut out of the mountain
without hands that would fill the whole earth. This temple is part of that
stone, he said (Church News, 10 July 1999).