President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, rededicated the Montreal Quebec Temple in three sessions Sunday, November 22, 2015, after the temple underwent extensive repairs and renovations. The sessions were broadcast to meetinghouses throughout Canada, enabling thousands of Latter-day Saints to participate.
Assisting President Eyring was presiding bishop of the Church Gérald Caussé, Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy and Elders Anthony D. Perkins and Kent F. Richards of the Seventy.
Prior to the rededication, more than 400 Mormon youth from Quebec and eastern Ontario, Canada, gathered on November 21, 2015, to participate in a cultural event representing their spiritual and cultural heritage and the diverse history of the area. In a production named after the French province’s motto, “Je me souviens — I remember,” the 12- to 18-year-old youth sang, danced and narrated their way through the various histories and cultures they represent.
President Eyring told the performers: “We are celebrating tomorrow the rededication of the beautiful Montreal Quebec Temple of God. Tonight is our opportunity to honor the great people who have been pioneers in the Church as it has blossomed in this magnificent nation.”
Bishop Gérald Caussé addressed the youth in French. He encouraged them to always remember who they are: “I hope you are proud of your origins, no matter what they are.” And he added, “I hope that you will be even more proud of your divine origin.”
The exterior of the 11,550-square-foot (1,073-square-meter) temple features granite from Quebec. The building stands 70 feet (21.5 meters) high and is crowned with a gilded statue of the angel Moroni, an ancient prophet in the Book of Mormon, who is significant to Latter-day Saints for his role in the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
A free public open house was held from November 5 through 14, 2015, to allow people to view the inside of the temple. More than 7,800 people toured the temple.
Other temples in Canada include Calgary Alberta, Cardston Alberta, Edmonton Alberta, Halifax Nova Scotia, Regina Saskatchewan, Toronto Ontario and Vancouver British Columbia. The Winnipeg Manitoba Temple was announced April 2, 2011.
Latter-day Saint temples differ from meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through baptism, marriage 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.