[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Rome Italy Temple will (finally) be dedicated this weekend, after a long and torturous journey to completion. And now we’ve learned that Russell M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will dedicate the temple across three days, with seven sessions in total.
Normally, the prophet dedicating a temple is common. But what’s amazing about this weekend is that the First Presidency and the entire Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will be in attendance this weekend. According to the Church Newsroom, this is the first time the entirety of both quorums have convened together outside the United States. It’s as if the Church is letting out a collective urrà as we celebrate the completion of this landmark in the Eternal City.
The Newsroom release directly addresses the greater pomp surrounding the Rome Italy Temple. Citing remarks by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, it explains that aside from the temple representing the Church’s investment in the many peoples of the world, Rome is one of the most famous, important cities on earth, full of Biblical history and other important events. To put it more bluntly (if more glibly), this is Rome, folks. No offense to the fine people of Washington County, Utah, but this is Rome.
If you haven’t watched it yet, check out the great video tour of the Rome Italy Temple conducted by Elders Bednar and Ronald L. Rasband. This is also a first – video tours of a temple prior to dedication, and by apostles, no less.
It’s going to be an incredible weekend in Rome. But beyond all of the hype, the most important thing to remember is that Latter-day Saints who currently travel to Switzerland, Germany, or even Spain to conduct temple work will now have a temple much closer to their vicinity, allowing more work to be done on behalf of our deceased brothers and sisters.
The Rome Italy Temple will be the 13th temple in Europe. The Lisbon Portugal Temple, the 14th, will be dedicated later this year.