Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined with community and interfaith leaders in southeastern Idaho Saturday morning, March 16, 2019, for the official groundbreaking ceremony of the Pocatello Idaho Temple.
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The question is on everyone's minds: Why did the First Presidency and The Twelve gather all together in Rome? Tad Walsh of the Deseret News offers some profound insights.
The building of a temple and the open house that follows brings a surge of good will, not only from the members, but from the public who gets a glimpse inside a temple that they won’t see again. Surprisingly the neighborhood starts to think of it as “our” temple. They become curious as they see it rise. They want to see inside. So what effect did actually seeing the inside of the temple have on people?
The Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple is opening for public tours. The free public open house begins Tuesday, March 12, 2019 and ends Saturday, March 30, 2019, excluding the Sundays of March 17 and 24. Dedicatory services will be held Sunday, April 14, 2019.
As someone who has built temples before, project manager Bret Woods said, “I’ve never seen more opposition to anything in my life than there was to this temple. The Adversary was very much against it. We’ve had people who have worked on 12 or 15 temples, who say they have never seen the Adversary try to thwart the work as he did on this one.”
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced groundbreakings for the Quito Ecuador and Lima Peru Los Olivos Temples. Elder Enrique R. Falabella, South America Northwest Area President, will preside at both ceremonies.
The prophet will dedicate the Rome Italy Temple Sunday, March 10, 2019 with the rest of the First Presidency and all twelve apostles in attendance. This is believed to be the first time in Church history that all 15 leaders have gathered in one location outside the United States.