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Temple broadcast a pioneering milestone

Published: Saturday, July 20, 2002

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The international broadcast of the Nauvoo Illinois Temple dedication — with its clarity of picture and clearness of sound — marks another pioneering milestone in the ability of the Church to communicate with more of its members in real time.

Some 2.3 million members viewed proceedings at 3,025 sites around the world. Each site received multiple transmissions of the 13 dedicatory sessions of the Nauvoo Illinois Temple June 27-30.

Local priesthood leaders chose to either receive transmissions at the actual time of the dedicatory session, or receive a rebroadcast at a more convenient time.

The broadcast was transmitted 21 times for a total of 7,081 transmissions. Originating in English, each session was translated live in 36 languages, plus English.

A new satellite launched in March, JASAT2A, made transmission to five areas in Asia and the Pacific possible. Once the satellite passed tests in May, Church personnel scurried to install equipment in time for the dedication.

Also, members in the Europe East Area watched for the first time.

Some locations in Europe opted to participate at the actual time of the dedication despite receiving the broadcast in the middle of the night.

Members from around the world said they felt they were in the Assembly Room when President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the temple. Viewing live proceedings added to their joy, they said, making them feel a part of the worldwide Church.

"There was a feeling of actually being in the temple," said one member in Poland as members left the meetinghouse. Members in Argentina also voiced their pleasure at receiving the broadcast in their language at the actual time of dedication.