Open house, dedication dates announced for Toronto Temple

The dates of the public open house and dedication of the new Toronto Ontario Temple have been announced by the First Presidency.

The nearly completed temple, situated northeast of Toronto in the city of Brampton, will open to the public Aug. 2, and remain open every day except Sundays through Aug. 18.With the completion of the Toronto temple, the first to be dedicated in the 1990s, the Church will have 44 temples throughout the world.

The temple will be dedicated in 11 sessions Aug. 25-27, and a cornerstone ceremony will be held before the first dedicatory session on Aug. 25. Attendance at the dedicatory sessions is reserved to Church members residing in the Toronto temple district. The district includes 65,000 members in 24 stakes in the Canadian provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec and the Maritime Provinces, and parts of Michigan, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont in the United States.

Plans for Canada's second temple were announced in 1984 by President Gordon B. Hinckley, first counselor in the First Presidency. Ground was broken for the stately edifice Oct. 10, 1987, by President Thomas S. Monson, second counselor in the First Presidency.

Canada's first temple, the Alberta Temple, was dedicated in 1923. It was closed for an extended period for major renovation in April 1988. Also closed for an extended period for major renovation are the Oakland (California) Temple, January 1989; the Swiss (Bern, Switzerland) Temple, April 1990; and the London (England) Temple, April 1990.

Construction is underway on the San Diego California Temple, and plans have been announced for temples in Guayaquil, Ecuador; Bogota, Colombia; Bountiful, Utah; and Orlando, Florida. When these are completed, the Church will have 48 temples.

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