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News Release

Rededication Date Announced for the Hamilton New Zealand Temple

Public open house to begin in August

Nearly 64 years since its doors first opened, the dates for the open house and rededication of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple are announced by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The temple will be rededicated on Sunday, October 16, 2022, by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Three dedicatory sessions will be held at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.

A media day will take place on Monday, August 22, 2022, followed by private tours for invited guests from August 23 to August 25. Members of the public are invited to tour the temple beginning Friday, August 26, 2022. The open house runs through Saturday, September 17, 2022, except for Sundays, August 28, September 4 and September 11, 2022.

The Hamilton New Zealand Temple, which was originally dedicated on April 20, 1958, by President David O. McKay, has been closed since July 2018 for extensive renovation. The temple currently serves all Latter-day Saints in New Zealand. An additional temple is under construction in Auckland and it was recently announced that another temple will be built in Wellington.

Latter-day Saints consider each temple to be the “house of the Lord” and the most sacred place of worship on earth. Temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses (chapels). All are welcome to attend Sunday worship services and other weekday activities at local meetinghouses. The primary purpose of temples, however, is for faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ to participate in sacred ceremonies, such as marriages, which unite families forever, and proxy baptisms on behalf of deceased ancestors who did not have the opportunity to be baptized while living.

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