Wednesday, July 6, 2016

LDS Church announces open house, dedication dates for Sapporo Japan Temple

(by Kelsey Schwab 7-5-16)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the open house and dedication dates for the Sapporo Japan Temple on Monday.

The temple's open house will begin Friday, July 8, and continue through Saturday, July 23, excluding Sundays. The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, Aug. 21, in three dedicatory sessions. The day before the dedication, youths in the Sapporo area will perform in a “cultural celebration honoring Japan’s history as well as the history of the church in the country,” according to a news release from Mormon Newsroom.

“The 48,480-square-foot Sapporo Japan Temple sits on 9.8 acres with the statue of the angel Moroni on top of its single spire. The temple will serve more than 8,000 Latter-day Saints who live on the island of Hokkaido and in Aomori, the northernmost prefecture of the main island of Honshu,” reads the news release.

The other two Japan temples are located in Tokyo and Fukuoka. When dedicated, the Sapporo Japan Temple will become the 151st operating temple worldwide.

LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson announced plans to construct the Sapporo Japan Temple during the October 2009 general conference.

Earlier this year, the renovated Suva Fiji Temple was rededicated Feb. 21 and the Provo City Center Temple was dedicated March 20. The renovated Freiberg Germany Temple (Sept. 4), the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple (Sept. 18) and the Fort Collins Colorado Temple (Oct. 16) will also be dedicated this year.


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