In the Quito temple dedicatory prayer, Elder Cook blesses faithful Saints in Ecuador

May those who attend the temple ‘experience the profound joy that emanates from unselfish service,’ Elder Cook says

Following is the text to the prayer offered by Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to dedicate the Quito Ecuador Temple on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.

Almighty Father, Thou great Elohim, we come before Thee in love and humility, in the name of Thy Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Our hearts are filled with gratitude and thanksgiving. In this holy house, we humbly bow our heads in reverent prayer to praise and honor Thee and to dedicate the beautiful Quito Ecuador Temple unto Thee for its sacred purposes.

The Quito Ecuador Temple in Quito, Ecuador on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

We are profoundly grateful for the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and for the restoration of sacred priesthood keys that extend the opportunity for each of Thy children to attain salvation and exaltation. 

In our petition to Thee, we pray for those who govern this and other nations that they might be blessed and inspired to protect the religious and moral tenets set forth in the restored gospel.

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We acknowledge the faithful Saints whose consecrated contributions have made possible the construction of this sacred edifice. Please bless them for their faithfulness. Open the windows of heaven and shower down blessings upon them. 

We pray that the faithful Saints in the temple district will be blessed with love and peace and be protected and prospered in this great land.

Now, Beloved Father, in the name of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, and acting under the direction of Thy servant President Russell M. Nelson, and in the authority of the holy Melchizedek Priesthood, we dedicate and consecrate this Quito Ecuador Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We dedicate it unto Thee and unto Thy Beloved Son as Thy holy house. We pray that it will be sanctified, and a place of Thy holiness, and that Thy Spirit may dwell here.

Attendees leave the dedication at the Quito Ecuador Temple in Quito, Ecuador on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

We dedicate the hallowed ground on which this temple stands and the beautiful vegetation growing thereon. We dedicate all the structures from the footings and foundation to the figure of Moroni which crowns its steeple and every other ancillary facility of this hallowed edifice. We humbly pray that it will be preserved and protected from defilement of any kind.

Dear Father, please touch the hearts of the people here in Ecuador and the temple district that the spirit of Elijah may turn their hearts to their ancestors, that they may be motivated to search for their forebears and do vicarious work in their behalf. May they experience the profound joy that emanates from unselfish service and emulates the great vicarious sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

We pray that Thy watchcare will be over the president and matron of this temple together with their counselors and assistants, as well as the patrons and temple workers. Bless them that their hearts shall be filled with joy. 

Attendees leave the dedication of the Quito Ecuador Temple in Quito, Ecuador on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

We pray for those who serve as missionaries here and throughout the world. Bless them, inspire them, sustain them, and lead them to those who look for eternal truth.

Beloved Father, please bless all who have been called to serve in Thy kingdom and in particular those who labor under Thy direction at the head of this work in all the world.

Our supplication to Thee is that this sacred structure will be preserved from the destructive forces of nature, from storms, earthquakes, and all such destructive elements. 

On this historic day in Quito, Ecuador, for these blessings we plead as we dedicate this, Thy temple, and invoke Thy blessing upon it and all who serve herein. We do so in the name of Him whom we love and worship as our Redeemer, even the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

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