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Public Invited to Tour Rome Temple

The temple will be open for a free public open house from Monday, January 28, 2019, to Saturday, February 16, 2019, excluding Sundays

The public is invited to tour the first temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Italy. Church leaders announced the Rome Temple will be open for a free public open house from Monday, January 28, 2019, to Saturday, February 16, 2019, excluding Sundays. The public can make reservations at templeopenhouse.lds.org.

   

The temple, located in northeast Rome near the Grande Raccordo Anulare, at Via di Settebagni, 376, 00139 Rome, will be formally dedicated on March 10, 11 and 12, 2019. It will then become the 162nd operating temple of the Church worldwide. After the dedication, the visitors’ center and the beautiful gardens surrounding the temple will remain open to the public. 

      

President Russell M. Nelson, world leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said, “The sacred ordinances performed in this holy temple will unite families for eternity. God loves all His children equally and has provided a way for them to be linked in love, generation to generation. We are thrilled to be able to dedicate a temple in this city replete with historical importance throughout the ages.”

When the Rome Temple was announced in October 2008, the news was met with awe and thanksgiving by members of the Church in Italy and thousands of others throughout the world. Like all Christians, Church members revere Rome as one of the most historic locations in the world, a biblical city where the ancient Apostles Peter and Paul preached the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Construction began on the three-story, 40,000-square-foot building on October 23, 2010, when Church President Thomas S. Monson, along with Church and local community leaders, participated in the traditional groundbreaking ceremony.

The Rome Temple is part of a 15-acre religious and cultural center that will include a multifunctional meetinghouse, a visitors’ center, a family history center and housing for visitors. The temple exterior is constructed from granite with decorative glazing. The interior finish is of the finest material and workmanship: marble, woodwork, and decorative painting.

The temple will serve more than 25,000 members in Italy and others from neighboring countries. Once dedicated, the Rome Temple will be the 162nd temple operating worldwide, including 12 in Europe.

Temples of The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints differ from churches where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where the teachings of Jesus Christ are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ceremonies that unite families for eternity.

For more information about the purpose of temples and their importance to Church members, please visit www.mormonnewsroom.org/topic/temples.

For more information about the Rome Temple (in Italian), please go to http://www.media-mormoni.it/articolo/tempio-di-roma.

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