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Updates on temples in Sweden and Puerto Rico

Open House and Dedication Announced for Temple San Juan Puerto Rico

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the dates for the open house and the dedication of the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple.

Artist rendering San Juan Puerto Rico Temple

Representation of the Temple of San Juan Puerto Rico.2019 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

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The Open Day will run from December 1, 2022 to December 17, except Sundays. The temple dedication on Sunday, January 15, 2023 will take place with three sessions: 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3 p.m.

A media day will precede the open house on Nov. 28, 2022. Guests will tour the temple on Nov. 29 and 30.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside over the dedication. The dedication sessions will be broadcast to all congregations in the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple District. The San Juan Puerto Rico Temple will be the first house of the Lord in the territory. The current temple district for members living in Puerto Rico is the Santo Domingo Temple in the Dominican Republic.

Latter-day Saint military personnel began holding Church meetings in Guajataca, Puerto Rico, in 1947. In January 1964, the first missionaries arrived in Puerto Rico, and the first Latter-day Saint was baptized in February. In 1970, the first church opened and Home Seminary, a religious study program for young people, began in Puerto Rico. Today, there are nearly 23,500 Church members in 38 congregations in Puerto Rico.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided significant assistance to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated much of the island in 2017. In addition to financial assistance, the Church has donates mobile medical services, food and water, hygiene and cleaning kits. , batteries, bedding, mosquito nets and roofing materials to those in need.

Renovations Coming to Stockholm Sweden Temple

The Stockholm, Sweden Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will close for major renovations in 2023. Reconstruction is expected to take about three years. After the renovation, the public will be invited to visit the temple during an open house. After the open house, the temple will be rededicated.

The renovated Stockholm Sweden Temple will be approximately 31,000 square feet, nearly double its current size of 16,366 square feet. It will have two staffing rooms with 40 seats each.

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Stockholm-Sweden-Temple

An artist’s rendering of the Stockholm Temple in Sweden scheduled for renovation in 2023.© 2022 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

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The first Church of Jesus Christ missionary arrived in Sweden in 1850, and by 1860 congregations had been established throughout the country. Many Swedish members emigrated to the United States and played a central role in the Church’s migration to Utah. For this reason, along with government opposition during the first half of the 20th century, membership in Sweden remained relatively low. In 1975 the first stake in Sweden (similar to a diocese) was organized in Stockholm. Today there are more than 9,500 Church members in 40 congregations in Sweden.

The Stockholm Sweden Temple, originally announced in 1981, has been in operation since its inauguration on July 2, 1985, by President Gordon B. Hinckley. It was the first to be built in Scandinavia and serves Church members in Sweden, Norway, and Latvia.

Latter-day Saints regard each temple as a house of the Lord and the most sacred places of worship on earth. The temples differ from the churches (chapels) of the Church. All are welcome to attend Sunday services and other weekday activities at local churches. The primary purpose of temples is to enable faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ to participate in such sacred ceremonies as marriages, which unite families forever, and proxy baptisms in the name of deceased ancestors who do not did not have the opportunity to be baptized during their lifetime.