APIA, Samoa — The public is invited to tour the reconstructed Apia Samoa Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The First Presidency of the Church has announced that an open house will begin on Saturday, 6 August 2005, and continue through Saturday, 27 August 2005, excluding Sundays. Tours are available on Monday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.

The temple is located on Vaitele Street in Pesega, Apia.

Following the public open house, the temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, 4 September 2005. Two separate dedicatory sessions will be held to accommodate Latter-day Saints in the area who will be served by the new temple.

The recently completed Apia Samoa Temple was rebuilt with a completely new design after the former temple was destroyed by fire in July 2003. Dedicated on August 5, 1983, the original temple stood on the same spot where the new temple now stands.

“We are so grateful that the members of the Church in Samoa and American Samoa once more are able to enter the House of the Lord. The temple will assist Latter-day Saints to unite their families eternally. It will also cement their faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ and encourage them to continue to make a positive contribution in their local towns and villages,” says Elder Robert K. Dellenbach, President of the New Zealand/Pacific Islands Area of the Church.

Latter-day Saint temples differ from the 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.

Inside, members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to serve Jesus Christ and their fellow man.

The Apia Samoa Temple is one of four operating temples of the Church in the Pacific Islands, and one of 122 temples worldwide. The temple will serve nearly 78,000 Latter-day Saints who live on the islands of Upolu, Savaii, Samoa and American Samoa.

For additional information about the Apia Samoa Temple and for photos of the temple interior and exterior, visit www.newsroom.lds.org.