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April 22, 2019

PHOTO ESSAY

Meridian is reporting on the temple dedication from Rome. See all the coverage at latterdaysaintmag.com/rome.

Some events mark themselves as never to be forgotten. The Rome Temple, dedicated in three sessions on Sunday, March 10, continuing with two each on Monday and Tuesday, is such an event. It is marked by a series of firsts. President Russell M. Nelson became the first prophet to ever meet with the Pope, which he did at the Vatican on Saturday. All of the senior brethren, including the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve have gathered here. This has not happened before.  The closest thing might be between 1839 and 1841 when nine of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles served a mission to the British Isles.  We invite you to view every photo and read every caption that follows. It will make your day.

Rhonda CookMarch 28, 2019

I was so excited to see you there at the dedication. I knew that your coverage would be amazing. I have always loved your work and knew you would capture the moment. Thank you for interviewing me and letting me be a part of this historic day. It felt like Christmas to me the night before. I had dreamt of this moment for so long and now it was here and I couldn't sleep! It did not disappoint. My husband and I felt like in some small way, our service to the Italian people and the church there in Italy in 1972-74 contributed to the beautiful Temple and the success there. People asked us what changed the most in Italy in 45 years. I would have to say, the church! How amazing to see the growth there. People know who we are now! Hurrah for Israel!

E SchaumannMarch 24, 2019

Thanks for the wonderful photos. I served in the Rome Mission from 1992-1994, and it was a bit of a thrill to see the picture of Anziano Conforte, who was an area authority while I was there, and for whom I have a great deal of respect. Loved all your captions!