A Desert Oasis: The New LDS Temple in Phoenix, Arizona
When speaking of LDS temples, President Thomas S. Monson has said, “They are filled with faith. … They are built of trials and testimonies.”
Church members living in the deserts of Phoenix, Arizona, can now feel the refreshing peace of the temple in their own backyard. On November 16 of this year, the 144th operating LDS temple will be dedicated there, bringing the total number of temples in Arizona to five.
The ground was broken to begin construction on the temple almost three and a half years ago on June 4, 2011, and the completion has been anticipated by Church and community members in the area ever since. An open house for the public is currently running through Saturday, November 1, so that everyone can see the beautiful interior structure, “built of trials and testimonies,” before this house of the Lord is dedicated for LDS worship services.
At such an exciting time for Church members, it is important to remember the significance of having temples around the world and what they can mean for families. President Thomas S. Monson perfectly illustrates this concept with a story of a family who sacrificed and worked for years so that they could travel to the temple and be sealed together forever.
The Phoenix Temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, November 16, 2014, in three sessions—10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.—which will be broadcast to all stakes and districts in Arizona.
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