The first temple built in the Netherlands by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is nearing completion and will be available for public viewing during an open house scheduled to begin Saturday, 17 August 2002.
The open house will continue until Saturday, 31 August 2002, with the exception of Sunday, 18 August, and Sunday, 25 August. At the conclusion of the open house, the temple will be closed to the public. The temple will be dedicated Sunday, 8 September 2002, in four dedicatory sessions attended by members of the Church in good standing.
After the dedication, the temple will serve more than 13,000 members of the Church in the temple district that covers the Netherlands, Belgium and parts of France.
The Hague Netherlands Temple, which lies below sea level, is built of polished granite. It is of classic modern design with a total of almost 14,500 square feet. It is located in Zoetermeer, a suburb outside The Hague.
For the more than 11 million members of the Church of Jesus Christ in 162 countries and territories around the world, temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other sacred ordinances that unite families for eternity.
Temples differ from meetinghouses where members typically meet for Sunday worship services and midweek social activities.
After the dedication, The Hague Netherlands Temple will be the 114th working temple built by the Church.