Dedicatory prayer excerpt: 'We pray for those who shall serve in this Thy house'

Following is an excerpt of the dedicatory prayer for the Guadalajara Mexico Temple given by President Gordon B. Hinckley on Sunday, April 29, 2001. The full text of the prayer is available on the Church News web site:

. . . We thank Thee for the progress of Thy work in this great nation of Mexico. Move it forward, dear Father. Touch the lives and hearts of great numbers of people who will hearken to the message of truth and come into the fold of Christ. Bring about the miracle of conversion among the great and good people of this land. May those who govern look upon Thy people with respect and with a desire to be helpful. Wilt Thou bless them and the nation for their friendliness to Thy work. . . .

Bless the children who will serve in the Baptistry that there may come upon them an understanding of the eternity of Thy work. May they know that they are engaged in that which is holy and sacred and divine in its nature. Having had such experience, may they remain true and faithful throughout their lives, returning often to this Thy house through the years to come.

Bless all who attend as patrons that Thy Spirit may rest upon them, that the covenants of the House of the Lord may be impressed upon their minds, that they may know that in receiving the ordinances of this house they receive that which is most precious above all other blessings. We pray for those who shall serve in this Thy house as workers. May they do so with a spirit of dedication. May they be generous and kind to all they serve. May they know that the service which they give here is service unto Thee. . . .

Now, Father, we express unto Thee our love. We know that Thou dost love us. We love Thy Beloved Son who stands at Thy side. We thank Thee for His atoning sacrifice. All of the blessings of this house rest upon that great divine act that came of the love of the Savior for all mankind.

Accept our thanks, dear Father, accept our love. Accept our prayer as we rededicate ourselves to Thy service and do it all in the name of our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.

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