LDS Apostle Gary Stevenson speaks at Logan Sesquicentennial

LOGAN — Elder Gary E. Stevenson was the keynote speaker Sunday night during Logan City’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. The program was held in the Logan Tabernacle and also featured music from the American Festival Chorus.

Stevenson spoke about the splendor of Cache Valley. He explained how many people can relate with early settler Mary Ann Maughan, who described the area as a beautiful valley.

“Regardless of season or time of day,” said Stevenson. “The first reaction of Mary Ann Maughan endures today; ‘Oh! What a beautiful valley.’ As our eyes are drawn on the Logan Temple, Old Main and the top of this building, the Historic Tabernacle. What a beautiful city!”

The 60-year-old Stevenson was raised in Cache Valley. He attended Utah State University and later cofounded ICON Health and Fitness. In October 2015, he was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Stevenson spoke about different types of “brush strokes” that have contributed to the beauty and history of the area. He paid tribute to the early families who helped settle the valley and reflected on memories that people have of early businesses and restaurants, including the favored spots for high school aged kids.

“The favorite and nutritious lunch fare of hundreds of Logan High School students, Twinkies and pop at Hostess Bakery.”

He spoke about memories of sledding down Temple hill and Old Main hill, and floating down the canal through the golf course. He also spoke about the athletes who have come from the area including Merlin Olsen, Wayne Estes and others.

Stevenson said residents in Logan have a sense of community that is distinct and sets them apart. He noted how life will continue to thrive if family ethics of love, mercy, and compassion continue to be taught in resident’s homes.

“We strengthen our families. We remain connected with our history and we promote community. This begins in small steps.”

Sunday night’s program also featured music from the Westminster Bell Choir and tributes to former mayors.

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