Washington DC Temple Dedication Moved, Open House Extended

Finally, COVID isn't the culprit.

Latter-day Saints in the Washington, DC area will have to wait a little while longer to attend their rededicated temple. Only this time, it’s not due to COVID-related delays. It’s due to demand for the upcoming open house prior to the dedication.

In a letter to General Authorities and regional and local leadership in the North America Northeast Area, the First Presidency, the highest-governing body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, expressed expressed its gratitude for the “overwhelming interest” in the temple and the Church’s desire to “invite all to visit the temple and learn of its beauty and importance.” To “provide additional opportunities for the many interested guests to attend the open house,” the temple’s open house has now been extended and its rededication moved back to August 14, 2022. The previous dedication date was June 19, 2022.

The Church stressed that the open house, which was originally slated to conclude on June 4, 2022, will still begin on April 28, 2022, as planned. There is no confirmed end date for the open house, only that additional tour reservation times will be added “as needed.” Additional details about the temple open house and dedication will come at a later date.

The temple’s 2022 rededication was announced in July 2021, 48 weeks ahead of the event. With the two-month additional delay, the temple will have been out of working order for nearly four-and-a-half years by the time of its dedication after what was supposed to be about refurbishment of a little over two years.

This change will also make the Washington DC Temple’s open house among the longest in recent memory – potentially over three months! – and further demonstrates how, erm, dedicated the Church is to maximizing the PR and missionary benefits of this open house in the capital of the United States. The Rome Italy Temple open house was nearly a month, and the Church invested heavily in its public presence for that effort. But the Rome temple was a new landmark. The Washington DC Temple is a famous landmark in the region, and it is evident the denizens of the Beltway are signing up in droves to tour a building that hasn’t been available to non-members of the Church since 1974.

The First Presidency letter also notes that the youth devotional will now be moved to a new date on the eve of the temple dedication, as is recent custom. Youth can plan on this event on August 13.

You can make reservations to attend the temple open house – which is completely free and comes under no obligation – at DCTemple.org.

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