SALT LAKE CITY — The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced a public open house for the newly remodeled Santiago Chile Temple.

The open house will begin on Saturday, 21 January 2006, and continue through Saturday, 11 February 2006, excluding Sundays. Tours of the temple are available on Monday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Following the open house, the temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, 26 February 2006. Two dedicatory sessions will be held to accommodate Latter-day Saints in the area that will be served by the temple.

Latter-day Saint temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity.

In the temple, Church members learn more about the purpose of life and strengthen their commitment to serve Jesus Christ and their fellowman. 

The Santiago Chile Temple was originally dedicated in 1983 as the 24th operating temple of the Church. The rededicated temple will serve more than 535,000 Latter-day Saints in Chile.