Dedication and Open House Dates Announced for the Vancouver British Columbia Temple

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced dates for a public open house prior to the dedication of the new Vancouver British Columbia Temple. The public will be invited to visit the temple during an open house that will run from Friday, 9 April 2010, through Saturday, 24 April 2010 (except for Sundays). The temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, 2 May 2010. A total of three dedicatory sessions will be held.

“We have looked forward to having a temple in our area for many years and are thrilled that we can now invite our friends and neighbors to see this place that holds so much meaning to us as followers of Jesus Christ,” said Paul D. M. Christensen, president of the Abbotsford Stake (similar to a diocese) and the local temple committee coordinator.

Temples are considered "houses of the Lord" where Christ's teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. In the temple, Church members learn more about the purpose of life and strengthen their commitment to serve Jesus Christ and their fellow man.

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