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'Happy Birthday, President Monson!'

Attendees at a groundbreaking service for the new Farmington Mormon temple sing 'Happy Birthday' to President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints turns 86 on Aug. 21. Credit: Jessie Sawyer
President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints turns 86 on Aug. 21. Credit: Jessie Sawyer
The groundbreaking for a a new Mormon temple in Farmington was not the only occasion Latter-day Saints celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Farmington Avenue/Melrose Drive site. 

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:

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