“It is a beautiful temple, a house of the Lord,” he said.
During a ceremony to seal in place a symbolic cornerstone he expressed gratitude for the Filipino people and sacrifices they made during World War II.
In offering the prayer to dedicate the 133rd temple in operation by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Monson expressed gratitude for the missionaries who served in the Philippines, beginning nearly half a century ago and for “the thousands of missionaries who have followed in their footsteps.”
The Church gained official recognition in the Philippines in 1961.
Three of the four missionaries who put the church’s roots down in Cebu attended the dedication. They are Richard Thorson of Layton, Utah; Tom Pearce of Hunter, Utah, and Paul Wright of Piedmont, Calif. The fourth missionary, Don A. Asay of Concord, Ore., had business commitments that prevented him from traveling to Cebu City.