The Fort Lauderdale is going to be dedicated this Sunday! We are so excited! It has been such a long wait (almost five years since it was announced), and we have been so anxious for it.
We recently had three weeks of open house where visitors could attend before the temple is dedicated. Levi, Lexi, and Alejandro all volunteered as tour guides and had some great experiences. I've been too sick to volunteer at the open house unfortunately, but I did sew skirts for the cultural celebration that will be held on Saturday. President Uchtdorf will be here for the cultural celebration and the dedication this weekend. Elder Holland came last weekend, met with the youth at their cultural celebration rehearsal, and left an apostolic blessing with them. Elder Cook came the week before and met with the priesthood leaders, including Levi! Levi got to meet him, as well as the Presiding Bishop and Elder Thompson from the 70. It's a very exciting time here.
We took Levi J to the open house and had a great tour. The temple is so beautiful. I know that all temples are beautiful, but I promise that this one is especially beautiful. Everyone is talking about how beautiful that bride's room is. It has a chandelier of blue glass! Every ordinance room has windows with natural light, which is pretty unusual for a temple. And there are beautiful murals of Florida beach and flora that are very cool.
We unfortunately are not going to be able to attend the dedication at the temple itself, but it will be broadcast to our meetinghouse. And we can't wait to go to a session very soon!