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23 of Our Favorite Photos from the Rome Italy Temple Dedication

In a historic gathering in the Eternal City, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered to attend the dedication of the Rome Italy Temple. 

The occasion marked the first time in Church history that every member of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have been together in one location outside the United States. 

Check out our favorite pictures from the historic weekend.

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome, Italy, on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Image by The Vatican

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President Russell M. Nelson, President M. Russell Ballard, Elder Massimo De Feo, General Authority Seventy, left, and Elder Alessandro Dini Ciacci, Area Seventy, right, walk near the Vatican in Rome, Italy, on Saturday, March 9, 2019, after meeting with Pope Francis. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News 

President Russell M. Nelson talks with Ammon and Emma Schar, of Basel, Switzerland, in Rome, Italy, on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome, Italy, on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Image by The Vatican

President Russell M. Nelson meets with Latter-day Saint youth in the Church meetinghouse in the Rome Italy Temple Square, Saturday night, March 9, 2019. Photo by Newsroom

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Latter-day Saint youth greet President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, at a devotional March 9, 2019. Photo by Newsroom

The joy of members of the Church in Italy was evident on their faces for the dedication of the Rome Temple on Sunday, March 10, 2019.  Photo from Newsroom

Bosco Marco looks over the statues at the Rome Temple Visitors' Center during the temple's dedication on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

President Russell M. Nelson shakes hands of members of the Church excited to participate in the dedication of the Rome Italy Temple Sunday, March 10, 2019.  Photo by Newsroom

Children wait for the cornerstone ceremony during the dedication of the Rome Italy Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rome, Italy, on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
President Russell M. Nelson and wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, in the Rome Italy Temple visitors center on Monday, March 11, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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The Italian flag is posted on the Rome Italy Temple Square. Photo by Newsroom

From left, Sister Rosana Soares, Sister Susan Gong, Sister Ruth Renlund, Sister Lesa Stevenson, Sister Melanie Rasband, Sister Kathy Andersen, Sister Kristen Oaks, Sister Wendy Nelson, Sister Kathy Christofferson, Sister Mary Cook, Sister Susan Bednar, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf and Sister Patricia Holland pose for a photograph near the Rome Italy Temple visitors center on Monday, March 11, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Latter-day Saints in Italy explore the Visitor Center at the dedication of the Rome Italy Temple Sunday, March 10, 2019. Photo by Newsroom

Latter-day Saints in Italy wait in line at the dedication of the Rome Italy Temple Sunday, March 10, 2019. Photo by Newsroom

Every member of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posed for an iconic photograph in the Rome Italy Temple visitors center on Monday, March 11, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Latter-day Saints gathered on the Rome Italy Temple grounds for the dedication of the temple and to visit with friends and family on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Photo by Newsroom

President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Wendy, exit the Rome Italy Temple to conduct the traditional cornerstone ceremony prior to the first dedicatory session on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Photo by Newsroom

President Russell M. Nelson helps children under the barrier to assist with the cornerstone ceremony for the dedication of the Rome Italy Temple on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

President Russell M. Nelson places mortar during the cornerstone ceremony for the dedication of the Rome Italy Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rome, Italy, on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Several children were invited to place mortar around the cornerstone of the Rome Italy Temple Sunday, March 10, 2019, with help from President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Wendy. Photo from Newsroom

President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, places mortar around the cornerstone of the Rome Italy Temple Sunday, March 10, 2019

Every member of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posed for an iconic photograph in the Rome Italy Temple Visitors' Center in Rome, Italy on Monday, March 11, 2019. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Lead image by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
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