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See photos of the Washington D.C. Temple rededication — including images of the First Presidency and other senior leaders

‘This temple has been renewed,’ said President Russell M. Nelson after rededicating the renovated Washington D.C. Temple

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The sun rises during the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News


KENSINGTON, Maryland — President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors in the First Presidency, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring, participated in the rededication of the renovated Washington D.C. Temple on Sunday, Aug. 14.

President Nelson rededicated the temple, the Church’s 16th in operation and the first built in the Eastern United States, was dedicated in 1974. The temple closed in 2018 to update mechanical and electrical systems, refresh finishes and furnishings, and improve the grounds.

“The temple is more beautiful now than it ever was before, and it was stunning before,” said President Nelson, leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “This temple has been renewed. There is more light.”

Following is a photo gallery, documenting the historic temple rededication.

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President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife Sister Wendy Nelson walk at the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Attendees line up during the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, walk the grounds of the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Attendees leave during the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland on Sunday Aug. 14, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, smiles with his wife, Sister Kristen Oaks, during the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Sunday Aug. 14, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, participates in the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Sunday Aug. 14, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, center; Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Sister Susan Gong, left; Bishop Gérald Caussé and Sister Valerie Caussé, second from right, and Elder Vai Sikahema and Sister Keala Sikahema attend the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in South Kensington, Maryland on Sunday Aug. 14, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Elder D. Todd Christofferson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Kathy Christofferson, during the Washington D.C. Temple rededication Kensington, Maryland, on Sunday Aug. 14, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Elder Quentin L. Cook of Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, pose at the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Attendees walk through the rain during the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Sunday Aug. 14, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Attendees walk through the rain during the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Attendees leave during the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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The Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Sunday Aug. 14, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Susan Gong, walk to the temple during the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, stands with his wife, Sister Kristen Oaks, during the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is interviewed in the visitors center during the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, and Elder Quentin L. Cook of Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, walk out out of the temple after a tour of the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

President Russell M. Nelson is interviewed in the visitors center after the Washington D.C. Temple rededication.

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is interviewed after the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife Sister Wendy Nelson and Elder Quentin L. Cook of Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, walk into the Washington D.C. Temple for a tour in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Elder Vai Sikahema and his wife, Sister Keala Sikahema, smile during the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Attendees line up during the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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The sun rises during the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Attendees line up during the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meets with Sister Amy A. Wright, a counselor in the Primary general presidency, at the Washington D.C. Temple on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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The Washington D.C. Temple during rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Stephanie Dorius and her daughter, Mazie, stand in line during the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Andrew and Kaditu Conteh pose with their children, Adama and Andrew, during the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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The Washington D.C. Temple is reflected during rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, walk at the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, and Elder Quentin L. Cook and his wife, Sister Mary Cook, walk at the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Church leaders pose after inspecting the renovated Washington D.C. Temple in South Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Church leaders pose after a tour of the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Kadia Bundu and her nephew, Claude Bundu, attend the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Attendees walk through the rain during the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Sunday Aug. 14, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, wave as they arrive at the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Motorists travel the Capitol Beltway near the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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The Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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