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As President Dallin H. Oaks walked through the Richmond Virginia Temple prior to its dedication, the senior leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was struck by its colorful design, historic architecture, inspirational artwork and overall beauty — all of which reflect the state’s unique history.

Located in Virginia’s capital city, the Richmond temple’s blue, gold and red color palette compliments a blend of Federal and Jeffersonian architecture and is accented by symbols of Virginia’s state tree and flower — the dogwood.

“Every temple is beautiful, but this is an especially impressive House of the Lord for this great Commonwealth of Virginia,” said President Oaks.

Still, the temple — as are all temples — is ultimately designed to lead souls to the Savior, he said. “The work of the temples is centered in Jesus Christ. All that is learned and done here relates to Him.”

President Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, dedicated Virginia’s first temple in two sessions on Sunday, May 7.

“Temples are essential to our Heavenly Father’s plan for His children,” he said. “In these Houses of the Lord, we are taught the most important things we can learn in mortality, the knowledge of eternity.”


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