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‘Heaven is that much closer’—Read highlights from the Orem Utah Temple dedication

The Orem Utah Temple on Sunday, January 21, 2024, the day it was dedicated.
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In two weeks, the same Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dedicated two temples—on two different continents.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Orem Utah Temple, on Sunday, January 21, just seven days after he dedicated the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple on January 14.

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The dedication of the Orem Utah Temple “marks a milestone in the progress of the kingdom of God on the Earth, and particularly in this vital part of His vineyard,” said Elder Christofferson.

The three-story, 71,998-square-foot temple is Utah’s 19th dedicated house of the Lord; another nine temples await dedication or are under construction.

Elder Christofferson was accompanied by his wife, Katherine. Also participating were Elder Patrick Kearon of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Jennifer; Elder Hugo Martinez, General Authority Seventy and First Counselor in the Utah Area Presidency, and his wife, Nuria; Elder Kevin R. Duncan, General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Temple Department, and his wife, Nancy; and Elder Jonathan S. Schmitt, General Authority Seventy and assistant executive director of the Temple Department, and his wife, Alexis.

Elder Christofferson said Latter-day Saints can find heavenly help and eternal perspective through their temple attendance.

“What had seemed overwhelming and impossible can, with the Lord’s help, find resolution, and we are more certain of His help,” he said. “…In short, with our time in the temple we have been refined, even if only in a small degree, and heaven is that much closer.”

You can read this entire story on Church Newsroom here.

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