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Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple Dedicated
This past Sunday afternoon, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Port-au-Prince Temple in Haiti. This beautiful marks the 165th temple in operation, and the first temple within Haiti. Later that same day, Elder and Sister Bednar met with the youth of Haiti for an evening devotional where they answered questions and encouraged the youth to prepare to enter the Temple of the Lord. Additionally, they spoke on the importance of family history work and urged members to submit names for temple ordinance work.
President of Portugal Welcomed at the Lisbon Portugal Temple Open House
This past Friday, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the President of Portugal, was welcome at the open house of the Lisbon Portugal Temple. Many guests were excited to meet the President as they toured this beautiful new temple within the heart of Lisbon. Elder José A. Teixeira of the Presidency of the Seventy presented President Rebelo de Sousa with a bound book of his family history as well as a four-generation family line.
Trees Transplanted to the Temple Grounds of the Durban South Africa Temple
In order to give the grounds of the Durban South Africa Temple a feeling of maturity, 8 to 15-year-old trees were transplanted to the grounds, with plans for more foliage to be transplanted as construction continues in the spring. Additionally, a water feature within the entrance plaza is nearing completion which has now been filled and tested. Within the baptistry, the chandelier was lifted and placed alongside artists as they continue their work of the temple interior.
Construction Continues As Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire Temple Rises Above Construction Barriers
The concrete exterior walls of the Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire Temple are now visible above the metal fence that separates the temple site and stake center properties. Additionally, forms are in place for the supporting walls that will sit under the tower on the north end of the building.
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