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As some 150 journalists began touring the renovated Washington D.C. Temple on Monday, a theme emerged in comments on the temple’s importance.

As majestic as this — or any — house of the Lord Jesus Christ may be, far more central is its symbolism of Christ-rooted rebirth and change in human hearts.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who enjoyed the calm and quiet inside the temple, said the structure reflects the “wonderful work that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does in the community. We’ve been working together with [the Church] on so many great project projects in the community — volunteering and food banks and getting people involved in supporting others.” (Two senior Church leaders met with him in 2019.)

The Rev. Amos C. Brown, a renowned civil rights leader in San Francisco and a friend of Church Prophet and President Russell M. Nelson, praised God for the temple and the opportunity to tour it.

Rev. Brown said the true beauty of the house of the Lord “lies in what you cannot see in the hearts of those who will worship here and receive blessings, in the change that has happened in those hearts since this temple was built. … Let us thank God for the people who have in their hearts the love of Jesus, justice on their mind and help to all humankind.”

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