With great joy and songs of praise to the Lord, the Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple was dedicated on Sunday by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the LDS Church’s First Presidency in three sessions that were broadcasted throughout the temple district, which includes Nicaragua.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Gregory A. Schwitzer of the Seventy also joined him for the dedication.
The 28,254-square-foot temple is made of gray granite from China and stands 41.2 meters tall, with an angel Moroni on top heralding the good news that the gospel has been restored.
The five other temples in Central America are in Guatemala City, Guatemala (dedicated in 1984); San Jose, Costa Rica (2000); Panama City, Panama (2008); San Salvador, El Salvador (2011); and Queltzaltenango, Guatemala (2011).
More than 210,000 people attended a three-week open house prior to the temple dedication, including special guests Honduran president Porfirio Lobo Sosa, First Lady Rosa Elena de Lobo, and a large government delegation that included 10 cabinet ministers.
The night before the temple dedication 4,100 Latter-day Saints participated in a cultural celebration at Hector Chochi Sosa Stadium in Tegucigalpa. With song and dance, beauty and culture of the nation was celebrated, focusing primarily on the coming of the temple to this land. It took ten months to prepare the colorful program. Approximately 15,000 people attended the program, including President Ucthdorf, other Church leaders and the president and first lady of Honduras.
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