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Elder Gary E. Stevenson will dedicate the Okinawa Japan Temple

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the open house and dedication dates for the Okinawa Japan Temple. In addition, an upcoming closure and renovation of the San Diego California Temple has been announced.Okinawa Japan Temple Dedication and Open House

The public open house will begin on Saturday, September 23, and continue through Saturday, October 7, excluding Sundays. Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will dedicate the Okinawa Japan Temple on Sunday, November 12, in two sessions, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Before the public open house, a media day will be held on Thursday, September 21. Invited guests will also tour the Okinawa Japan Temple on Friday, September 22.

The dedicatory sessions will be broadcast to all congregations in the Okinawa Japan Temple district. Additional details regarding the temple dedication will be announced locally as the date approaches.

The Okinawa Japan Temple was first announced by Church President Russell M. Nelson in April 2019. Construction began in December 2020 with a groundbreaking ceremony. This will be the fourth house of the Lord in the country. The historic Tokyo Japan Temple, the first temple built in Asia, was dedicated in October 1980. After a lengthy renovation, it was rededicated by President Henry B. Eyring in July 2022. The Fukuoka Japan Temple was dedicated in June 2000, and the Sapporo Japan Temple was dedicated in August 2016.

The first missionaries arrived in  the East Asian nation of Japan in 1901.  Today, Japan is home to more than 130,000 Latter-day Saints in about 250 congregations.

San Diego California Temple Renovation


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