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Dedication dates announced for 2 US temples

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The Columbus Ohio Temple (left) and an artist’s rendering of the Richmond Virginia (right).
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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released dates for the open houses and dedications of two houses of the Lord in the United States: the Columbus Ohio Temple and the Richmond Virginia Temple.

Columbus Ohio Temple

After a media day (April 24, 2023) and a private open house for invited guests (April 25–28, 2023), a public open house will begin Saturday, April 29. From then until Saturday, May 13, 2023 (Sundays excluded), anyone can walk through the temple.

The Columbus Ohio Temple will be rededicated on Sunday, June 4, 2023, in three sessions (9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time). President M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve of the Apostles will preside at the rededication. The sessions will be broadcast to all units in the Columbus Ohio Temple district. …

Richmond Virginia Temple

Invited guests will tour the Richmond Virginia Temple from March 21 to March 24, 2023. The public open house will then run from Saturday, March 25, to Saturday, April 15, 2023, except for Sundays and Saturday, April 1 (general conference). Before the open house, a media day will be held on March 20, 2023.

The Richmond Virginia Temple will be dedicated on Sunday, May 7, 2023, in three sessions at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside at the dedication. The dedicatory sessions will be broadcast to all units in the Richmond Virginia Temple district.

Church President Russell M. Nelson announced the Richmond Virginia Temple in April 2018. Ground was broken for its construction in April 2020. This will be the first temple in Virginia, which is home to more than 96,000 Latter-day Saints in over 215 congregations.

You can read more about each temple’s history on Church Newsroom.

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