President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who made a rare appearance to dedicate the Hartford area temple, is turning 86 on Aug. 21. The 16th president of the Church visited Farmington three years ago and chose it as the ideal place for a new Mormon temple.
A spontaneous round of 'Happy Birthday' broke out after he and others turned the ceremonial soil.
Monson stood up beaming as upwards of 700 people in the crowd clapped. Waving his arms, sang "and many more."
After some quick hellos to the attendees and photo ops, Monson left and spent the afternoon with his family. His granddaughter, Sarah Steele and her husband, Jim live in Simsbury and are part of the Canton Ward of the Church.
You can also read Patch's previous coverage of the new Mormon temple by clicking on the links below:
- Mormon President Monson Makes Rare Appearance at Farmington Groundbreaking
- Photo Gallery: Farmington Mormon Temple Groundbreaking
- What's the Difference Between a Mormon Temple and Chapel?
- Farmington Plays Historical Role in Mormon History
- Mormons Announce Groundbreaking Service for Farmington Temple
- A Look at the Mormon Temple Plans
- Mormon Temple Site Preparation Expected Soon
- Mormon Temple Hearing Continues Tuesday
- Mormon Leaders Discuss Temple, Church Service with Malloy
- Mormons Plan Temple in Farmington
- Mormon Official: Temple Would be a 'Place for Families'
- Mormon Temple Approved
- Mormons Present Plan For Temple to Zoning Commission