President Monson underlined the uniqueness and the historical moment whose importance goes beyond the borders of Rome and Italy. He thanked the members of the Church for their commitment to follow the example of Jesus Christ. (Watch and embed video of Rome Italy Temple groundbreaking on YouTube).
“My heart is filled with gratitude,” said President Monson as he addressed the 500 guests in attendance. “Members throughout Italy, and the entire Mediterranean area, will be able to come here.”