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See photos from the rededication of the Columbus Ohio Temple

President M. Russell Ballard rededicates a temple in Columbus, Ohio, located 160 miles from the Church’s first latter-day temple in Kirtland

In this area steeped in Church history, President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, rededicated the Columbus Ohio Temple on Sunday, June 4.

“Heaven is as close as it can be in the temple, because it is the house of the Lord,” he said.

Every temple displays the words, “Holiness to the Lord. The House of the Lord,” he told the Church News. “I testify that the temples are the houses of the Lord. It is here where Heavenly Father instructs His children and helps us prepare to return to His presence. It is here where we receive personal revelation, make covenants with Heavenly Father, the Savior, and participate in eternal ordinances.”

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To be ‘endowed with power’: President Ballard rededicates Columbus Ohio Temple

Following are photographs of the historic event.

President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, waves to those in line as he arrives for the first of two sessions of the Columbus Ohio Temple rededication on Sunday, June 4, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, greets people outside the Columbus Ohio Temple following the first of two rededication sessions on Sunday, June 4, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, poses for a photo with Russel Boss, 12, and Elizabeth “Eliza” Boss, 10, of the Gahanna 1st Ward, Columbus Ohio South Stake, after attending the Columbus Ohio Temple rededication on Sunday, June 4, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, waves at people outside the fence between sessions of the Columbus Ohio Temple rededication on Sunday, June 4, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, greets people outside the Columbus Ohio Temple following the first of two rededication sessions on Sunday, June 4, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, waves at people outside the fence between the first and second sessions of the Columbus Ohio Temple rededication on Sunday, June 4, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Visitors begin lining up at the Columbus Ohio Temple for the second of two rededication sessions on Sunday, June 4, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, center, stands outside the Columbus Ohio Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with, from left, Elder Allen D. Haynie, a General Authority Seventy and president of the Church’s North America Northeast Area; Elder Kevin R. Duncan, a General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Church’s Temple Department; and Elder Gary B. Sabin, a General Authority Seventy; between rededication sessions of the Columbus Ohio Temple on Sunday, June 4, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Visitors begin lining up at the Columbus Ohio Temple for the second of two rededication sessions on Sunday, June 4, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
President M. Russell Ballard greets two children at the Columbus Ohio Temple
President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, greets Russel Boss, 12, and Elizabeth “Eliza” Boss, 10, of the Gahanna 1st Ward, Columbus Ohio South Stake, after attending the Columbus Ohio Temple rededication on Sunday, June 4, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
The cornerstone of the Columbus Ohio Temple on Sunday, June 4, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
People line up to enter the Columbus Ohio Temple prior to the first of two rededication sessions on Sunday, June 4, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Latter-day Saints line up to enter the Columbus Ohio Temple prior to the first of two rededication sessions on Sunday, June 4, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
A parking usher takes a photo of people lined up to enter the Columbus Ohio Temple prior to the first of two rededication sessions on Sunday, June 4, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, greets Elder Kevin R. Duncan, a General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Church’s Temple Department, and his wife, Sister Nancy S. Duncan, at the doors of the Columbus Ohio Temple prior to the first of two rededication sessions on Sunday, June 4, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
The Columbus Ohio Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, June 3, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
The Columbus Ohio Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, June 3, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Elder Allen D. Haynie, a General Authority Seventy and North America Northeast Area president, and his wife, Sister Deborah H. Haynie, left; President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Elder Kevin R. Duncan, General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Temple Department, and his wife, Sister Nancy S. Duncan; and Elder Gary B. Sabin, General Authority Seventy and assistant executive director of the Temple Department, and his wife, Sister Valerie P. Sabin, pose for a photo between rededicatory sessions at the Columbus Ohio Temple on Sunday, June 4, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
The Angel Moroni on top of the Columbus Ohio Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, June 3, 2023.
The Angel Moroni on top of the Columbus Ohio Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, June 3, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
The Columbus Ohio Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, June 3, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
With the help of area youth, members of the local temple committee built a path between a parking area and the temple grounds ,which they dubbed the “Covenant Path” because it leads to the Columbus Ohio Temple. Photo taken on Saturday, June 3, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints poses for photos in front of the Columbus Ohio Temple on Saturday, June 3, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
The Angel Moroni on top of the Columbus Ohio Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, June 3, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
The Columbus Ohio Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, June 3, 2023.
The Columbus Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, June 3, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
The Columbus Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, June 3, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, center, stands outside the Columbus Ohio Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with, from left, Elder Kevin R. Duncan, a General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Church’s Temple Department; Elder Gary B. Sabin, a General Authority Seventy; and Elder Allen D. Haynie, a General Authority Seventy and president of the Church’s North America Northeast Area on Saturday, June 3, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, center, stands outside the Columbus Ohio Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with, from left, Elder Gary B. Sabin, a General Authority Seventy, and his wife, Sister Valerie P. Sabin; Elder Kevin R. Duncan, a General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Church’s Temple Department and his wife, Sister Nancy S. Duncan; and Elder Allen D. Haynie, a General Authority Seventy and president of the Church’s North America Northeast Area, and his wife, Sister Deborah H. Haynie on Saturday, June 3, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
The Columbus Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, June 3, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
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