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After an absence of more than four years, a dedicated temple of the Lord is once again operating in New Zealand, providing attending members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints here the blessings of ordinances and covenants for themselves and their kindred dead.

On a bright and sunny Sunday, Oct. 16, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles rededicated the Hamilton New Zealand Temple, following its closure in 2018 for extensive renovations and refurbishing. Built from the exhausting efforts of labor missionaries in the 1950s, the New Zealand Temple — as it was known then — was originally dedicated on April 20, 1958, by President David O. McKay.

“This is a day of worship, of rejoicing and for the opening of hearts to receive the heavenly ministration of the Holy Spirit of God,” Elder Uchtdorf said. “This is a day to be remembered forever. It is a day of beginning.”

It was also a day of reflection and recommitment for Latter-day Saints to walk before God with all their hearts, he added.

“This temple of God will bless this country and people. It will be a light to the nations. It will lessen the influence of the evil one. It will be a beacon of light and a place of hope.”

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