Rome Italy Temple Dedication

  • March 10–12, 2019
Date
March 10–12, 2019
Location
Rome, Italy

The Rome Italy Temple and the surrounding area.

Article Highlights

  • Youth devotional: March 9
  • Dedication: March 10–12

The Rome Italy Temple will be dedicated on Sunday, March 10, through Tuesday, March 12.

President Russell M. Nelson will dedicate the temple, and every member of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will participate in the Rome Italy Temple dedication this coming week.

A youth devotional on Saturday, March 9, will be broadcast to all units in the Rome Italy Temple district.

“The sacred ordinances performed in this holy temple will unite families for eternity,” President Nelson said. “God loves all His children equally and has provided a way for them to be linked in love, generation to generation. We are thrilled to be able to dedicate a temple in this city replete with historical importance throughout the ages.”

When the Rome Italy Temple was announced in October 2008, the news was met with awe and thanksgiving by members of the Church in Italy and thousands of others throughout the world. Like all Christians, Latter-day Saints revere Rome as one of the most historic locations in the world, a biblical city where the ancient apostles Peter and Paul preached the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Construction began on the three-story, 40,000-square-foot building on October 23, 2010, when Church President Thomas S. Monson, along with Church and local community leaders, participated in the traditional groundbreaking ceremony.

The Rome Temple sits on 14.5 acres located in northeast Rome near the Grande Raccordo Anulare. The temple is part of a 15-acre religious and cultural center that will include a multifunctional meetinghouse, a visitors’ center, a family history center, and housing for visitors. The temple exterior is constructed from granite with decorative glazing. The interior finish is of the finest material and workmanship: marble, woodwork and decorative painting.

The temple will serve over 23,000 Church members living in Italy and in neighboring countries. Currently there are 159 operating temples worldwide, including 12 in Europe.

The temple will be open for ordinances on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

The sun sets behind the Rome Italy Temple nearing completion on April 15, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

 

 


Lighting in the Rome Italy Temple.

A sealing room in the Rome Italy Temple.

Window detail in the Rome Italy Temple.

The interior of the Rome Italy Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Bride’s room in the Rome Italy Temple.

Baptistry of the Rome Italy Temple.

Stained glass in the Rome Italy Temple depicts scenes from the Savior’s life.

Instruction room in the Rome Italy Temple.

Chandelier and grand staircase in the lobby of the Rome Italy Temple.

Interior details of the Rome Italy Temple.

Fountain and doors at the Rome Italy Temple.

The baptismal font and baptistry of the Rome Italy Temple.

Replicas of Thorvaldsen’s Christus statue and his 12 ancient Apostle statues—from originals found in Copenhagen, Denmark—are featured in the Rome Italy Temple Visitors’ Center.

The Rome Italy Temple Visitors’ Center.

One of the olive trees found on the piazza of the Rome Italy Temple grounds.