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Rededication of the Asunción Paraguay Temple Is Complete

The renovations of the Asunción Paraguay Temple are finished, and the sacred structure was rededicated by Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on Sunday, November 3, 2019. Elder Benjamín De Hoyos accompanied Elder Christofferson.


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The Asunción Temple serves some 100,000 Church members in Paraguay and the surrounding area.

Elder Christofferson said, “I’m convinced that a temple in any place, in any country is a blessing and is a source of continuing blessing not only to the Latter-day Saints but to all the people of the nation . . . where a temple is established. It blesses the lives of the Latter-day Saints directly, of course, but it also is a spiritual fortification that brings the Lord’s spirit and presence into a place and benefits directly and indirectly everyone.”

He said the work of renovation on the temple has been done beautifully. “It’s a great privilege, a great honor to be part of its rededication.”

“The rededication of the temple is a sacred moment,” explained Elder Christofferson. “For me, it’s an opportunity for all of us to consider our own situations, individually, and how we might rededicate ourselves to the work of the Lord, being His disciples.”

The temple will reopen for Latter-day Saint patrons on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

A one-week open house in October gave the public an opportunity to see inside the faith’s sacred edifice and learn about why Latter-day Saints attend the temple.

Gordon B. Hinckley, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1995 to 2008, originally dedicated the Asunción Paraguay Temple on May 19, 2002.

Latter-day Saints consider temples to be the “house of the Lord” and the most sacred places of worship on the 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 to participate in sacred ceremonies such as marriages that unite families forever and proxy baptisms on behalf of deceased ancestors who did not have the opportunity while living. Find out more about temples.

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