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Dedication of the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple

On Nov. 14, 1999, President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple in three sessions. Richard Moses of the Dartmouth Nova Scotia Stake presidency, chair of the local temple committee, expressed his gratitude for this house of the Lord being built near to him and his family.

President Moses said, “Now, when my daughters look out their bedroom window, they see the softly lighted figure of the angel Moroni standing as a beacon over the area.”

Initially, President Hinckley was supposed to arrive in Nova Scotia on Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, and dedicate the Halifax temple on Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999. Secondly, he would dedicate the Regina Saskatchewan Temple on Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999. These plans changed when President Hinckley’s flight was delayed, causing him to arrive a day later than planned. Consequently, Elder Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, was assigned to dedicate the Regina temple while President Hinckley dedicated the Halifax temple.

Both the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple and the Regina Saskatchewan Temple were dedicated on Nov. 14, 1999, marking the first time in Church history when two temples were dedicated on the same day.

Dedicatory prayer excerpt: “We pray for those who may not be qualified at this time to come into this house, that they may resolve to make themselves worthy of the ordinances here to be had as a part of Thy restored gospel.”

Read the dedicatory prayer of the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple here.

Timeline of the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple

May
07
1998
Announced

The Church announced plans to construct a temple in the city of Halifax, in the province of Nova Scotia.

October
12
1998
Groundbreaking

Approximately 700 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple on Canada’s Thanksgiving Day. Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Seventy, president of the North America Northeast Area, presided over the ceremony.

A man wearing a suit coat and tie, smiling at the camera.
November
04
1999
Open house
November
14
1999
Dedication

President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Halifax temple in three sessions, while Elder Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, dedicated the Regina Saskatchewan Temple. This marked the first time that two temples were dedicated on the same day.

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SEE ALL Timeline of the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple

On Oct. 12, 1998, on Canadian Thanksgiving, 700 members in Maritime Canada attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple. Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Seventy presided over the ceremony, which many saw as a historic moment for those in Maritime Canada.

On Nov. 14, 1999, President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple in three sessions. Latter-day Saints from places like Maine, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland commuted by car and plane to attend the ceremony.

Architecture and Design of the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple

The Halifax temple covers 10,700 square feet and sits on 2 acres, at an elevation of 209.80 feet. The exterior of the temple is made of White Bethel granite and contains a spire with an angel Moroni statue mounted on top of it.

The interior of the temple contains two instruction rooms, two sealing rooms and one baptistry.

Quick Facts

Announced

7 May 1998

Dedicated

14 November 1999

Current Temple President and Matron
Location

44 Cumberland Drive
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2V 2C7
Canada

Additional Facts

Fact #1

This was the first Latter-day Saint temple in Nova Scotia and the third built in Canada.

Fact #2

Both the Halifax and Regina temples were dedicated on Nov. 14, 1999, marking the first time in Church history that two temples were dedicated on the same day.

Fact #3

Saints from across Newfoundland drove and ferried to the dedication ceremony.

Additional Facts

Fact #1

This was the first Latter-day Saint temple in Nova Scotia and the third built in Canada.

Fact #2

Both the Halifax and Regina temples were dedicated on Nov. 14, 1999, marking the first time in Church history that two temples were dedicated on the same day.

Fact #3

Saints from across Newfoundland drove and ferried to the dedication ceremony.