The dates of dedication for the Rome Italy Temple have been amended, as announced Wednesday, Nov. 7, by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Following a Nov. 5 letter sent to Church leaders, the Church announced the new dates for dedication are Sunday, March 10, 2019, through Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
The dates for the free public open house remain the same next year, running from Monday, Jan. 28, to Saturday, Feb. 16, excluding Sundays.
Reservations for attending the open house can be made at templeopenhouse.lds.org beginning a few week prior to the open house.
When the dates for the Rome temple's open house and dedication were originally announced in March 2018, an eight-day period in 2019 — from Sunday, March 10, to Sunday, March 17 — was set aside for possible dedication services. The recent announcement shortens the dedication days to three.
“The sacred ordinances performed in this holy temple will unite families for eternity," said Church President Russell M. Nelson in a Newsroom release. "God loves all His children equally and has provided a way for them to be linked in love, generation to generation. We are thrilled to be able to dedicate a temple in this city replete with historical importance throughout the ages.”
Craig Neil Pacini and his wife, Julie Anne Metcalfe Pacini, were announced earlier this year, in July, as the future temple president and matron for the Rome Italy Temple. They will begin their service following the formal dedication in March.
Located near the Grande Raccordo Anulare in northeast Rome, the temple will be the first in Italy and will serve more than 23,000 Church members in Italy and neighboring countries. It will be the 13th temple in Europe.
The temple was announced in October 2008 and construction began in October 2010. President Thomas S. Monson presided over the groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 23, 2010, joined by Church and community leaders.
The temple is a three-story, 40,000-square-foot building with an exterior constructed from granite and an interior which includes marble, woodwork and decorative painting. The temple stands as part of a 15-acre religious and cultural complex, which will include a visitors’ center, a family history center, a multi-purpose meetinghouse and some housing for temple patrons.