The first temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the US state of Virginia is complete, and Church members are excitedly gearing up for the public open house that starts this weekend. In anticipation, Church Newsroom has released photos of the new temple’s stunning interior.
Official interior photos of the new Richmond Virginia Temple
The Richmond Virginia Temple public open house will run from Saturday, March 25, to Saturday, April 15, 2023, except for Sundays and Saturday, April 1 (general conference). The new temple will be dedicated by President Dallin H. Oaks on Sunday, May 7, 2023.
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Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin was impressed by the work and love that have clearly been put into the new temple. He told Church Newsroom, “I’m humbled by the clear expression of faith eternal by this extraordinary [Latter-day Saint] community. May this temple be a lasting symbol to all Virginians of our collective legacy of true religious freedom and give the Latter-day Saint community across Virginia and around the world a powerful central location to practice their faith.”
Seth Roberts, bishop of the Bon Air Ward in the Richmond Virginia Midlothian Stake told Church Newsroom, “[Friends] have asked, ‘What about that temple? What is that? What is that building that’s going up in Glen Allen?’ And it was a great opportunity to explain to them what a temple is and then to invite them to come.”
Mamie Kelley, who joined the Church about 10 years ago, told Newsroom, “[Visitors] will feel the Holy Spirit. And even though they may not recognize it as the Holy Spirit, they will feel something different and something tranquil and something that makes them feel good. And I think they will take that away and say to themselves, ‘Hmm. What was that? I really felt something.’”
You can read more about what local Church members are saying about the new temple on Church Newsroom.
And you can see the Church’s promotional video about the historical architecture and design that influenced the new temple in the player below.
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