MESA, Arizona – President Dallin. H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, rededicated Sunday from the Mesa Arizona Temple.
The dedication came after extensive renovations to the Arizona Temple, which was first dedicated in 1927 by then President of the Church Heber J. Grant.
3 sessions organized for the dedication of the Mesa Arizona temple
About 2,400 people attended the temple for each of the three Sunday rededecration sessions. The sessions were also broadcast locally to 29 stake centers in the temple district.
President Oaks and his wife, Kristen, were joined on Sunday by Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Gerrit W. Gong and his wife Susan in rededication sessions. Paul B. Pieper, General Authority Seventy and Southwestern North America Area President, and his wife Melissa were also in attendance. In addition, Kevin R. Duncan, General Authority Seventy and executive director of the temple department, and his wife Nancy were also in attendance.
“We have been amazed, impressed, satisfied with what has been done to maintain the pioneering ancestry of this great traditional temple and the house of the Lord to integrate it with current technology and needs and the layout of the rooms,” which is essential for him to perform his service for decades to come, ”President Oaks said in a Church press release.
This is the second refurbishment of the Mesa Arizona Temple. The temple was also rededicated in 1975 by President Spencer W. Kimball.
According to a Church press release, approximately 347,000 people attended an open house for the temple in the fall. These guests include representatives from the Arizona interfaith community and government leaders.
The Mesa Temple in Arizona is the Church’s seventh active temple and was the first in Arizona. Currently, more than 250 temples have been announced, under construction or in operation around the world.
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