The Oz-like building, which has been closed for major renovations since 2018, welcomed more than 100,000 visitors during a public open house.
President Russell M. Nelson and many other senior leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be present at the August 14 rededication of the Washington DC Temple.
Nelson, who rose to become church president in 2018, will dedicate this flagship temple, according to a press release Wednesday.
His two counselors in the reigning First Presidency, Dallin H. Oaks and Henry B. Eyring, will also attend, along with fellow apostles Quentin L. Cook, D. Todd Christofferson, and Gerritt W. Gong; Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé, Paul V. Johnson of the Presidency of the Seventy; Amy A. Wright of the Children’s Primary General Presidency; and General Authorities of the Seventy W. Mark Bassett, Kevin R. Duncan, Allen D. Haynie, and Vai Sikahema.
Opened in 1974, the temple closed in 2018 for a major renovation. Originally scheduled to reopen in December 2020, it has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The rededication was again postponed because demand to visit the temple during the public open house – which was attended by more than 100,000 guests – pushed the date from June to August.
When Maryland Governor Larry Hogan toured the newly refurbished temple in April, he called it an “iconic landmark” and a “beacon of hope.” He also commended the Church for working with state officials to promote community service.
The Oz-like Temple—some say it resembles the Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz—is located in Kensington, Md. Its design is a modernization of the legendary Salt Lake Temple, which is undergoing a five-year overhaul and is seismic retrofit. The DC building has six towers, three at each end. The tallest rises 288 feet and is crowned by a golden Angel Moroni statue.
With 160,000 square feet of interior space, it is the third largest temple in the Church.
The newly dedicated temple will open to visitors on August 30th. He will minister to 123,000 Church members in Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.
Latter-day Saints regard a temple as a house of the Lord, a place where faithful members can participate in the highest rites of their religion, including eternal marriage.