The new LDS Church meetinghouse in Highland Home, Alabama was dedicated this past Sunday, March 6, 2016. Nearly 200 people attended the dedication. "Whenever The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints constructs a new building, there is a dedication ceremony held when the building is finished. The purpose of this ceremony is to set aside the building for the work of God. A Latter-day Saint dedication ceremony includes a special prayer designating the building for Church use and asking God to bless the structure and grounds."http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/dedication.
President Quinn Millington, Montgomery Alabama Stake President, offered the dedicatory prayer. In his prayer, President Millington petitioned our Heavenly Father, as follows:
"Our Heavenly Father, we are grateful to be gathered here for the purpose of re-dedicating this building as a house of worship. We are grateful for the dedication and service of the lives of those who have been members of this branch for so many years and who have faithfully committed to living the principles of the gospel. Wilt thou bless them with a renewed determination to be obedient to all their covenants that they will be eligible for all of thy blessings. Wilt thou bless them with a desire to share the principles of obedience and the blessings of obedience with their family, friends and neighbors. We express our gratitude unto Thee for the great blessings we enjoy as Thy children.
Acting in the authority of the Melchizedek priesthood and in the name of Jesus Christ, we dedicate and consecrate this, the Highland Home branch building of the Montgomery Alabama Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unto Thee, and Thy Son, Jesus Christ.
In the same spirit as that of the Kirtland Temple we pray that 'thy glory may rest down upon thy people, and upon this thy house, which we have dedicated to thee, that it may be sanctified and consecrated to be holy, and that thy holy presence may be continually in this house; and that all people who shall enter upon the threshold of this building may feel thy power, and feel constrained to acknowledge that thou hast sanctified it, and that it is thy house, a place of thy holiness. We ask that thou would grant that all those who shall worship in this house may be taught words of wisdom, and that they may seek learning even by study, and also by faith, as thou has said; and that they may grow up in Thee and receive a fullness of the Holy Ghost, and be organized according to Thy laws, and be prepared to obtain every needful thing; and that this thy house may be a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of glory, a house of God, even thy house.' (D&C 109:12-16)
We pray that this edifice will be a sanctuary and a haven for all who enter in. That it will be a place of peace and that it will be kept free of all evil influence from the adversary, so that all who enter in will be able to recognize and feel Thy Holy Spirit.
We dedicate the footings and foundations, the walls, the roof and the steeple, and all structures throughout the building for the purpose of worship and for the purpose of bringing men unto Thee through the Savior Jesus Christ. We pray that it will be preserved and protected. We pray that all who enter will feel inspired to do their duty to seek after the peace of the atonement of Christ and to keep His commandments. That individuals and families will be strengthened and that a spirit of missionary work will prevail. That the meaning of the work of salvation will be taught in word and in deed. That it will be a place of wholesome recreational activity, for developing friendship and fellowship, and 'to succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthened the feeble knees.' (D&C 81:5)
We thank thee for the blessed gift of Thy Son the Savior Jesus Christ and for His atoning sacrifice, His Gospel of repentance and faith, and the hope and peace that we enjoy because of His life.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen."
May we all live in accordance with the standard identified in this dedicatory prayer and receive the promised blessings.
Highland Home Chapel Dedicated
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6 March 2016
Current and former Montgomery Alabama Stake and Highland Homes Branch presidents attending the dedication were: Back, L-R: Bill Hendrix, Michael Nimmer, former Stake President John Enslen, Jerry Register, Terry Lowe, former Stake President Eric Boswell. Front, L-R: Stake President Quinn S. Millington, Charles Gillion, John Nimmer, former Stake President Lynn Oborn, Highland Home Branch President Stephen M. NeSmith, Greg Sexton.