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Early saints celebrated the St. George Utah Temple, exclaiming ‘glory, hallelujah!’ Now the renovated temple will be rededicated by President Jeffrey R. Holland.

More than 500 people gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple as construction begins on the 2nd house of the Lord on the island.

The Christmas lights on Temple Square in Salt Lake City were turned on after Thanksgiving. See photos of this year’s light display and find out how to see them and other Temple Square events.

President Holland’s message in an introductory video shown before open-house tours underscores the blessings of eternal families through temple ordinances.

“All temple events focus on our covenant relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ,” said St. George temple open house committee chair Russ Moody.

More than 3,000 visitors view the display on opening night, “unite in celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

See the Christmas lights at the Church’s temple visitors’ center grounds, including Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Temple Hill in Oakland, Mesa Arizona Temple, Washington D.C. Temple and the Hamilton New Zealand Temple.

Some 30,000 volunteers staffed the nine-week open house, drawing visitors from the region and participants in the Huntsman World Senior Games and St. George Marathon.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson recently visited Japan, the country where he served as a young missionary, to dedicate the Okinawa temple. In this video, he shares his feelings about the land, its history and people.

“I have really been touched by all of the elements that have been part of the lives of people in Okinawa,” said Elder Stevenson during a Church News podcast interview.

Sites are set for the Toluca Mexico and João Pessoa Brazil temples, with a rendering available for the Barcelona Spain Temple.

First Presidency assigns the Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve and St. George native to preside at the rededicatory sessions.

The Manti temple is the second pioneer-era temple to be completed and ready for rededication after President Nelson’s April 2019 announcement.

In the Okinawa dedicatory prayer, the Apostle acknowledged the many who suffered “deprivation, hardship, even loss of life through the tragedy of war.”

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the 4th temple in Japan. Here is a photo gallery of the dedication.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has dedicated the Okinawa Japan Temple, the 4th House of the Lord in Japan and 186th worldwide.

The Idaho Falls Idaho, Oakland California, St. George Utah and Mesa Arizona temples highlight in survey that looks at “peaceful” mentions in trip reviews.

Former leaders in Okinawa lost their fathers in World War II and now rejoice that a temple — the Okinawa Japan Temple — will grace their land.

This new temple president and matron have been called to serve by the First Presidency. They began their service in November.

Site is set for the Viña del Mar temple, announced just last month by President Nelson; Grand Rapids temple rendering comes a year after its site was released.

The temple begins its open-house phrase, beginning with Monday’s media briefing and tours.

The Deseret Peak Utah Temple president and matron have been called to serve by the First Presidency. They will begin their service when the temple is dedicated.

Knowing its importance, did Brigham Young dedicate the St. George temple? The answer is complicated

The Mou Tham family, featured in President Monson’s 2011 conference address, recently returned to the Hamilton temple to celebrate the 50th anniversary of being sealed there.

With the house of the Lord under construction, Texas is home to five dedicated temples and two more in planning; the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area alone has three temples.

Locations are for the Harrisburg Pennsylvania, Winchester Virginia and Vienna Austria temples.

The gathering the night before the temple dedication draws leaders from Cambodia to Indonesia to Pakistan, who are charged to help their members be “recommended to the Lord.”

With nearby Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University boasting a collective 80,000 students, young adults are particularly excited about the new Orem Utah Temple.

“May all who come here, recommended to the Lord, be further enlightened with the doctrine of the gospel, the hope of life eternal, and Thy promised peace.”

The release of the photos and video coincide with the temple’s media day, which kicks off the open-house phase.