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Latter-day Saints will soon be able to enter the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Renovations to the sacred structure are complete, and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles rededicated the temple on Sunday, November 17.

Elder Cook was accompanied by his wife, Mary; Elder Kevin R. Duncan, executive director of the Church Temple Department and his wife, Nancy; and Elder James B. Martino North America Southeast Area president and his wife, Jennie. Elders Duncan and Martino are members of the Seventy.

“The temple is a place of refuge when we face challenges,” said Elder Cook.

Following the rededicatory session the Church apostle stood at the door of the temple to shake every person’s hand as they exited. He repeatedly expressed his gratitude for the people and their dedication as members of the Church.

“It’s been an incredible blessing to be here and see the great diversity of people here,” Elder Cook continued. “There are other parts of the country that have this kind of diversity, but this is really special. You see people from different cultures and races, and they’re all united by the gospel of Jesus Christ and that is a marvelous thing. … It is the commitment to the Savior and the gospel of Jesus Christ that just unites us.”

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