After nearly nine months of being closed because of armed conflict in Eastern Europe, the Kyiv Ukraine Temple has reopened on a limited basis for temple ordinance work.
“Earlier this year, the Kyiv temple was temporarily closed. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has carefully evaluated the current circumstances and decided to resume — on a limited basis — the sacred religious ceremonies in the temple,” said Church spokeswoman Irene Caso in a statement released Sunday, Oct. 16.
Church members are able to make appointments to participate in temple ordinances, which resumed Oct. 14, Caso added.
The temple was closed days before the First Presidency released a Feb. 25 statement on armed conflict, pleading that “peace will prevail among nations and within our own hearts.”
“We are heartbroken and deeply concerned by the armed conflict now raging,” read the statement, signed by President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring. “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has members in each of the affected areas and throughout the world. Our minds and hearts have been turned toward them and all our brothers and sisters.
“We continue to pray for peace. We know that enduring peace can be found through Jesus Christ. He can calm and comfort our souls even in the midst of terrible conflicts. He taught us to love God and our neighbors.
“We pray that this armed conflict will end quickly, that the controversies will end peacefully and that peace will prevail among nations and within our own hearts. We plead with world leaders to seek for such resolutions and peace.”
Addressing Latter-day Saints in Ukraine in a special Sept. 11 devotional originating from Riga, Latvia, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles promised a brighter day to come for those who would focus their lives on the Savior.
“We know how you have loved attending the Kyiv temple,” he said. “We are hopeful that we will be able to reopen the Kyiv temple in the near future.”
Elder Cook counseled members to focus on three areas that promote righteousness.
- Immerse yourselves in the home-centered, Church-supported curriculum.
- Honor the Sabbath in your homes.
- Focus your goals on the temple.
The scriptures are clear, said Elder Cook. “Those who are righteous, follow the Savior and keep His commandments will be blessed.”