Before, "I could only participate in this higher worship every few months," Woolley says.
Two years ago, Hinckley announced that the church would increase the number of temples worldwide from 55 to 100 by the year 2000, a goal achieved in Belmont on Sunday.
In addition to its practical significance, the temple is an anchor of the Mormon community in the region and at the community, Baker says.
"The temple is a physical place where heaven and earth meet," he wrote in an e-mail message. "It can be a place of refuge for the Harvard student because inside the walls the things that cause us so much stress while we're at school no longer seem so important. It is a reminder that there is a vital spiritual side to our lives that the Harvard beast cannot touch."