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Date set for Mexico temple rededication

The First Presidency has announced the open house dates and other events associated with the rededication of the Mexico City D.F. Mexico Temple.

Residents of Mexico's sprawling capital and others will be able to tour the temple during a public open house. The open house will begin on Monday, Oct. 20, and run until Saturday Nov. 8, except for Sunday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Nov. 2.

Members are encouraged to bring their friends and associates to the temple during the open house period.

A cultural celebration featuring members from the Mexico City area is scheduled for Nov. 15, the day before the rededication ceremony.

The temple will be rededicated on Sunday, Nov. 16, in two sessions. The rededication ceremony will be broadcast by the Church to meetinghouse chapels throughout Mexico.

The Mexico City D.F. Mexico Temple will then be open for ordinances on Monday, Nov. 17.

In a letter addressed to General Authorities and priesthood leaders throughout Mexico, the First Presidency also noted that the stake conference broadcast to stakes in Mexico, previously scheduled for Nov. 16, had been cancelled.

"We, with you, look forward to the rededication of this house of the Lord and the blessings it will be to the Saints," the letter added.

The first of 12 temples in Mexico, the Mexico City D.F. Mexico Temple was announced April 3, 1976, signaling a historic moment for many living in that nation. For decades, faithful Mexican members had to travel to the Mesa Arizona Temple or other such edifices in the United States to receive their temple ordinances and be sealed to their families.

Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve presided over the temple's groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 25, 1979.

The 116,642-square foot building with its familiar Mayan design exterior was dedicated on Dec. 2-4, 1983, by President Gordon B. Hinckley, then a counselor in the First Presidency. There were nine sessions.

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