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Travel to Guam has never been easy. This U.S. territory with stunning views, rich history and faithful Latter-day Saints is in the north Pacific Ocean, near the border of the Philippine Sea.

To reach these Western Pacific islands, visitors can fly five hours south from Tokyo, Japan, eight hours west from Honolulu, Hawaii, four hours east from Manila, Philippines, or six hours north from Brisbane, Australia. 

Those are the same routes — only in reverse — that have been taken by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Guam to attend the temple.

That changed Sunday, May 22, with the dedication of the Yigo Guam Temple — the Church’s first temple in Micronesia.

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided at the temple’s dedication and shared both his feelings and apostolic counsel about temples and their role in helping individuals learn about and become more like the Savior.

“We speak much of the temple, but we should always first connect Jesus Christ with the temple,” Elder Bednar said.

He was joined by his wife, Sister Susan Bednar; Elder Michael John U. Teh, a General Authority Seventy, and his wife, Sister Grace Teh; and Elder John A. McCune, a General Authority Seventy and second counselor in the Asia North Area presidency, and his wife, Sister Debbra McCune.

The temple will serve 2,500 members in the Barrigada Guam Stake and thousands more from the surrounding islands of Micronesia. The Namoneas Chuuk District (600 miles southeast of Guam), the Panasang Pohnpei Stake (400 miles east of Chuuk) and the Kosrae Micronesia District (300 miles east of Pohnpei) are also part of the temple district.

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