Amid the mourning, Mormon weddings won't stop

SALT LAKE CITY " Love won't be delayed by the funeral of Mormon church President Gordon B. Hinckley.

Twenty-five weddings will take place Saturday at the Mormon temple, some at the same time as the funeral across the street at the church conference center.

Ty and Chelsea Jensen of Vernal were married at the temple Thursday while mourners at the center attended a 10-hour public viewing of Hinckley's open casket.

"President Hinckley always said, 'The work will go on without me,' so I think he'd be fine with it," said the 21-year-old glowing groom.

Hinckley, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for nearly 13 years, died Sunday at age 97.

There were no plans to cancel temple weddings scheduled for Saturday, said Doug Balls, events director.

Weddings and other temple ceremonies are the most sacred rituals for Mormons. Church members believe husband and wife are sealed for eternity.

Couples who want to marry in a temple must have the approval of their local bishop. Only Mormons can enter to witness a wedding.


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