Tucson Arizona Temple dedicatory prayer

Credit: Scott Taylor, Deseret News
Credit: Scott Taylor, Deseret News
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The following is the dedicatory prayer of the Tucson Arizona Temple offered by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.

O God, our Eternal Father, our humble hearts are filled with gratitude and love for Thee on this sacred and blessed day of dedication. We ask for Thy Holy Spirit to attend us during the dedication of the Tucson Arizona Temple. We rejoice in this day of celebration, and our hearts are filled with praise to Thee.

We are grateful for Thy Beloved Son Jesus Christ and the restored gospel. We thank Thee for the Prophet Joseph Smith, through whom Thou hast revealed eternal gospel principles and practices, including the ordinances of Thy holy house. We thank Thee for our dear prophet, President Thomas S. Monson; we love him, we pray for him.

We thank Thee for the generations of faithful Saints who have gone before in this sacred work; for their sacrifices, courage, and faith, and for all who are building Thy work and kingdom today.

We give thanks and invoke a blessing for the many who were instrumental in building this beautiful House of the Lord. We ask Thee to touch the lives of the people who live within the reach of this holy edifice that their hearts will be softened and that they will seek out the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We ask Thee to continue to bring about the miracle of conversion among great and good people all around the world.

O God, Thou hast sent Thy prophet Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers. This holy temple opens the gates to eternity that these purposes may be fulfilled. We ask Thee to strengthen families. Please comfort and bless each individual member of the Church in their unique circumstances; make them equal to the challenges of this generation. Bless them with courage, humility, and charity that their homes and places of congregation may become safe havens of peace, spirituality, love, and unity.

Dearest Father, forgive us our many shortcomings. Strengthen our faith and fortify us against weakness. Give us power to resist the deceits of the adversary. May love for Thee and Thy Son grow in our hearts, and may it be expressed in our kindness and love to one another as Thy covenant sons and daughters.

And now, acting in the authority of the everlasting priesthood, and as Thy humble servants, we dedicate to Thee and Thy Beloved Son the Tucson Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

We dedicate the grounds on which it stands with all its vegetation. We dedicate the building from the footings to the top of the beautiful dome with its crowning figure of Moroni. We dedicate the walls and windows that they may stand firm against the storms of nature and be looked upon with reverence and respect. We dedicate the interior structure, the baptistry, the endowment rooms, the celestial room, and the sealing rooms with their sacred altars. We dedicate the halls and spaces, the offices and other facilities of this temple.

Wilt Thou accept this Thy holy house as the gift of our hearts and hands. Wilt Thou honor it with Thy presence. May Thy Holy Spirit dwell here always and be felt by all who come within its portals. May a mantle of holiness come upon this sacred edifice. May it stand as a beacon of everlasting truth and light and as an invitation to come unto Thee. Wilt Thou protect this temple from any harm or defilement.

May all who enter do so worthily. Wilt Thou seal upon them an endowment of righteousness that will become a guardian throughout their lives.

Bless the youth of Thy Church that they will receive an understanding of the eternity and divinity of Thy work. May they be true and faithful throughout their lives.

Bless all who attend this temple as patrons, workers, or in any other capacity, that Thy sacred covenants and ordinances may be deeply anchored in their minds and hearts. May they know that the service they give is service unto Thee and may they find joy therein.

We pray for the temple president and his counselors and for the matron and her assistants and for all who will serve in any way. Bless them with joy in their hearts as they assist in Thy sacred work.

We thank Thee for faithful tithe payers throughout the world whose consecrated offerings have made possible this and other temples. Open the windows of heaven and shower down blessings upon them. May they feel Thy love, and may Thine encircling arms of mercy be round about them.

Our Father in Heaven, we love Thee and Thy Beloved Son. We thank Thee for His atoning sacrifice. The blessings of this temple rest upon the great divine act of the love of Thy Son, the Savior of all mankind.

Accept our thanks and love, dear Father. We dedicate this temple and its surroundings unto Thee, and we rededicate ourselves to Thee and Thy service in the name of our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.

Temple Fact Box

The Tucson Arizona Temple is the sixth temple to be built in Arizona and the 157th temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Location: 7281 North Skyline Drive, Tucson, Arizona

Plans announced: October 6, 2012

Groundbreaking: October 17, 2015

Public open house: June 3–24, 2017

Cultural celebration: August 12, 2017

Dedication: August 13, 2017

Property size: 7.37 Acres

Building size: 38,216 Square Feet

Architect: FFKR Architects

Contractor: Big D Construction

Building: Signature feature is a prominent dome, rather than a spire, consistent with the predominant architectural forms in the region.

Landscaping: The temple grounds are bounded by natural soil and plant life typical of the area; approximately a third of the site has remained in its natural state, making it compatible with Saguaro National Park.

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