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Elder Dale G. Renlund underscored the importance of the temple during an April 13 youth devotional held in anticipation of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple dedication.

“The blessings of the temple are found in the ordinances performed therein,” said Elder Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “When we are endowed, we covenant to follow Jesus Christ’s example and dedicate our whole life to Him.”

After its dedication in three sessions on Sunday, April 14, the Kinshasa temple became the 163rd operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Précieuse Mbayo, one youth who spoke during the youth devotional, said, “I know that the temple is the house of God. When we go there, we find peace.”

Elder Renlund, who has visited Democratic Republic of the Congo nearly 40 times since being called to the Africa Southeast Area Presidency in 2011, was joined in Kinshasa by his wife, Sister Ruth L. Renlund; Elder Kevin S. Hamilton, a General Authority Seventy; Elder Hamilton’s wife, Sister Claudia K. Hamilton; and Elder Larry Y. Wilson, a General Authority Seventy and Executive Director of the Temple Department.

Also participating were the members of the Africa Southeast Area Presidency and their wives: Elder S. Mark Palmer and Sister Jacqueline A. Palmer, Elder Joseph W. Sitati and Sister Gladys N. Sitati, and Elder Joni L. Kochand Sister Liliane M. Koch.

The leaders also participated in a morning missionary meeting at a meetinghouse neighboring the temple, followed by late-afternoon leadership meetings at various stake centers throughout Kinshasa.

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