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President Monson dedicates Kyiv, Ukraine temple

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ukraine had reason to celebrate Sunday as Church leaders opened the first temple in the former Soviet Union.

President Thomas S. Monson traveled to Ukraine for the dedication of the Church's 134th operating temple. President Monson and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the Church's First Presidency, led the new temple presidency and their wives to the cornerstone sealing ceremony.

But first, President Monson spoke of what this historic temple means to the Ukrainian saints.

"We look forward to the dedication. It will be a day you will ever remember," he said. "It's a day of freedom."

As is tradition, several children from the crowd participated in putting a little mortar along the edges. Masha Konstytyn was one of the lucky ones chosen for the task.

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