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To help connect available parking to the Columbus Ohio Temple for the open house, youth helped build a short trail known as the “Covenant Path.”

President M. Russell Ballard recognized the dedicatory prayers of the Prophet Joseph Smith and President Gordon B. Hinckley.

During past two general conferences, plans were announced to build temples in Tacoma, Washington, and Bakersfield and San Jose, California.

President M. Russell Ballard rededicated a temple in Columbus, Ohio, located 160 miles from the Church’s first latter-day temple in Kirtland. See photos from the rededication.

President M. Russell Ballard rededicated the Columbus Ohio Temple after extensive three-year renovation and quotes the Kirtland Temple dedicatory prayer.

Each new temple, and every temple district, has stories of faith woven from threads of sacrifice and consecration.

See a list of the 56 temple presidents and matrons who were called by the First Presidency and comprise the class of 2023.

The second house of the Lord in the state — joining the operating Raleigh North Carolina Temple — was announced at April 2023 general conference.

Numbers of Church members, dedicated temples, wards and branches, and stakes from 1830 to 2022.

They will begin their service when the temples are dedicated.

The spirit in the temple was powerful, and the faith of the members was strong, but it was most inspiring to witness the growth of the Church.

“The purpose of every temple is to bring us closer to Jesus Christ and to help us understand God’s plan of happiness,” said Elder Valenzuela at the Helena Montana Temple.

Ni-Vanuatu Latter-day Saint Mariella Kaun sought to bring temple blessings to her people.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf will dedicate the McAllen temple on Oct. 8; the public open house begins Aug. 25.

Announced just 27 months ago and built in less than 2 years, the temple will be the second house of the Lord in Montana.

The public open house is Saturday, June 17, through Saturday, July 1.

“Please bless all who worthily serve in Thy holy temples that they may participate with joy and understanding.”

The Church’s longest-operating temple will be rededicated on Dec. 10, with its open house running Sept. 15 through Nov. 11.

President Dallin H. Oaks dedicates the Church’s first in Virginia

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, dedicated the Richmond Virginia Temple, the state’s first.

Latter-day Saints say that years of faith, sacrifice and prayers are worth it to finally have a temple in Richmond, Virginia, as dedication approaches.

How a meeting between an Apostle and a governor helped facilitate the groundbreaking service held in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With a rendering also released, the Oslo Temple will be the country’s first, with the Kumasi Ghana Temple the second in the West Africa nation.

The Toronto Ontario Temple will close in October for a projected nine-month renovation project.

Teresina, Natal were among 15 cities listed worldwide during April 2023 general conference.

This time is a chance to “focus on what matters most” in relation to the temple.

A new temple president and matron have been called to serve by the First Presidency. They will begin their service when the temple is dedicated.

“There is no such thing as a small temple. ... There is no such thing as small covenants or small ordinances,” said Elder Bednar during a Church News podcast interview.

The exterior rendering released less than 2 months before June 17 groundbreaking ceremony.

Elder Peter F. Meurs of the Pacific Area presidency conducted the April 22 event.