By Daniel Webster, dWeb.News
KENSINGTON (Md.), July 20, 2021/PRNewswire/ — The rededication and public open house of the Washington D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, originally scheduled for last year, but postponed by COVID-19, will take place in 2022.
This announcement was made Tuesday, 20 July, 2021 in a letter from The First Presidency. It was shared at a media event at Washington D.C. Temple Visitor’s Center.
International and local media are invited to a special media event for the temple renovation on April 18, 2022. This will be followed by private tours for invited guests between April 19 and April 27, 2022. The public open house will begin on April 28th and run through June 4, except Sundays. Information about open house tickets is available at http://www.dctemple.org.
The youth devotional will take place on June 18, followed in three sessions by the temple rededication. All congregations in the Washington D.C. Temple district will be able to view the youth devotional and rededication.
Aaron Sherinian, director for media, said that this is a great opportunity for us to open the temple doors for our friends, members and partners from Washington, D.C., to come and experience the beauty, peace, and temple of the Lord.”
The temple, which was first opened in 1974, was closed in March 2018 due to significant renovations. The temple’s 160,000-square foot structure has been renovated in all aspects, including the plumbing, electrical, and lighting systems.
John C. Wobensmith (Maryland Secretary of State) presented a special citation for Larry Hogan at the news conference. It acknowledged the opportunity for “people around the world” to view the landmark during the open house.
Dan Holt, the project manager for the Washington D.C. Temple Renovation Project, stated that the temple’s interior retains its midcentury motif, but with a “21st century flair” to make it more maintainable, modern, and relevant for today.
Holt stated that “our hope” was that the building’s design and the equipment and materials that we use will last 50 to 100 more years. This will be possible while doing so efficiently and effectively.
“We have waited for the temple’s rebuilding and rededication. Lucy Lopez, a Church community outreach specialist, said that she is excited to be part this community and share this great opportunity with our neighbors.
Kisha Wilson (area director of Church Communication) said that the temple building was “absolutely beautiful.” “If you look at its structure, you will be amazed at the details. It is even more special because we can invite everyone. This is a community gift. We want everyone to come to the open house to feel a special connection to God or His love.
Anne Golightly (chair of the temple open-house public affairs committee) said, “I hope people will feel the warmth from a place dedicated God when they come.” “There is light there. There is hope.
December 7, 1968 was the date of the groundbreaking for Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland. The temple was dedicated by President Spencer W. Kimball on November 19-22 1974. The temple is open to Latter-day Saints living in Washington, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The temple was open to the public from September 17 through October 19, 1974. More than 750,000 people toured it.
Each temple has its own ceremonies that teach the purpose of life, and unify families. Latter-day Saints are reminded by the mere existence of temples in communities all over the world of the importance and necessity of faith in the common Father, the need to improve the soul, the possibility for family relationships that go beyond the grave, and the salvation that only comes through the grace of Jesus Christ.
Sherinian stated, “I hope that people will visit the temple and realize that even though they’ve been apart for a year, the temple reminds us that although we’ve been apart, we’re all connected because we’re all children God’s.”
Contact Justin Iannacone[emailprotect] APCO Worldwide
SOURCE Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
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