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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced dedication and open house dates for three new houses of the Lord — the Layton Utah, Puebla Mexico and Urdaneta Philippines temples.
The dedication dates and senior Church leaders assigned to preside are:
- April 28, 2024 — President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, will dedicate the Urdaneta Philippines Temple.
- May 19, 2024 — Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will dedicate the Puebla Mexico Temple.
- June 16, 2024 — Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will dedicate the Layton Utah Temple.
For President Oaks, the dedication assignment is an opportunity to return to the Philippines, where from 2002 to 2004 he served as Philippines Area president as an Apostle. In 2002, then-Elder Oaks and then-Elder Jeffrey R. Holland were sent to the Philippines and Chile, respectively, in a move to shepherd the growth and future of the Church in both areas.
According to a Church news release at the time, the assignments marked the “first time such senior leaders have lived and presided in an international area of the church for nearly half a century.”
The announcements of dedication and open house dates and presiding officers were first published Monday, Dec. 11, on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Urdaneta Philippines Temple
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