President Monson dedicates Kyiv Ukraine Temple, first in former Soviet Union

"A landmark in the maturation of the Church in Eastern Europe."

That phrase defines the Kyiv Ukraine Temple, which President Thomas S. Monson dedicated Aug. 29. By doing so, he opened a new chapter in the history of the Church and, by extension, all the world.

The Church is less than 20 years old in Ukraine. Not since the early days of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ has a temple been built so soon after the Church has been established in a nation.

"How pleased and honored I am to have the opportunity to be here in Kyiv with our faithful members and to dedicate this magnificent temple — the 134th in the Church," President Monson said.

"As this temple is dedicated, I would hope that each one in attendance today would pledge to rededicate his or her life and to make the promise, 'As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord' " (Joshua 24:15).

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