The Washington D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a sacred space for Church members and others.
“It really has been miraculous how the Lord has preserved this piece of ground,” said Brent Pratt, a Latter-day Saint living in the area. “Through the Civil War, it was never clear cut like so many places in Washington. And it has been preserved through time.”
This Church News video, titled “Fit for the Lord,” features scenes from the Washington D.C. Temple open house and rededication earlier this year. The Church’s 16th in operation, the temple was announced in 1968 and was dedicated six years later by President Spencer W. Kimball. It closed in 2018 to renovate mechanical and electrical systems and refresh finishes and furnishing, and was rededicated by President Russell M. Nelson on Aug. 14.
The 160,000-square-foot temple sits on 52 acres and serves 123,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Washington, D.C.; Pennsylvania; Virginia; West Virginia; and Maryland. It is located 10 miles north of the United States Capitol.
“This is a temple that we have loved for so many years,” said Meg Pratt. “But it thrills me to see it now just more beautiful than it’s ever been. I feel like everything has been refined and elevated, and it is just so beautiful. And it is a place fit for the Lord.”