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Following is the text to the prayer offered by President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, to dedicate the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2023.

O God, our beloved Father, we come before Thee on this occasion in the sacred name of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, and in the authority of the holy Melchizedek Priesthood to dedicate unto Thee the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

We dedicate this beautiful edifice unto Thee for Thy sacred purposes. We dedicate the ground upon which it stands. We dedicate its foundation; its footings; its walls, windows and spire. We dedicate the altars and the interior and exterior walls; the baptistry and confirmation rooms, endowment rooms, sealing rooms, celestial room, administrative rooms and adjacent meetinghouse; and all the support systems required to maintain the beauty and comfort of this sacred temple. We dedicate the beautiful grounds, the trees, the shrubs and the systems necessary to maintain that beauty.

We ask Thee to accept this house as our offering to Thee and to Thy Son as a place worthy of Thy holy habitation. We ask Thee to protect this holy house against any force that would harm or defile it. May it be a physical and spiritual refuge for all who are blessed to come to it. Bless all who even step onto the ground upon which it stands. Bless them to feel Thy presence and to leave with a sense of hope and a desire to draw closer to Thee and to Thy Son.

We thank Thee for the gift of Thy Son, whose sacrifice and Atonement assure us of immortality and enable us to repent and live with Thee forever in families.

We bow before Thee in reverent prayer to honor Thee and to express our gratitude.

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