I shall always remember the great experiences I had at the open house prior to the dedication of the Washington D.C. Temple [September 17, 1974 - November 2, 1974]. For part of a week, I stood in the entrance to the temple as a host to special guests. Those guests included the wife of the president of the United States [Betty Ford], justices of the Supreme Court, senators and congressmen, ambassadors from various nations, clergymen, educators, and business leaders.

Almost without exception, those who came were appreciative and respectful. Many were deeply touched in their hearts. Upon leaving the temple, the wife of the president of the United States [Mrs. Ford] commented: "This is a truly great experience for me. ... It’s an inspiration to all."

President Gordon B. Hinckley
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