By Nicole Balmforth
Mar 12, 2019

Rome Italy Temple Dedication Brings All 15 Apostles Together

In Rome, this Monday the 15 apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met to dedicate the Rome Italy Temple. The apostles rarely meet outside of Utah because the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints typically only has one apostle accompany him in a temple dedication. This is a momentous occasion as it is believed to be the first time all the apostles have come together outside the United States in the faith’s 188-year history. This meeting will allow President Russel M. Nelson to dedicate the Temple seven times over the course of Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. 

The Rome Italy Temple

This temple mirrors what Latter-day Saint temples have around the world. There is a baptistry, instruction rooms, the bride’s room, marriage sealing rooms, and the celestial room. The Rome Italy Temple also has a one-of-a-kind visitors center which houses the statue of Christus and his 12 apostles. A contemporary of Joseph Smith, Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, made all of the statues. The new temple stands as a symbol of the ever-growing faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  

 

President Russell M. Nelson’s Statement

A tweet from President Russell M. Nelson was released on Monday stating:

“The Lord stands at the head of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As modern-day apostles of Jesus Christ, the message we share today is the same that apostles shared long ago — that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, that this is his church.”

With the tweet, he posted a photo of the group standing in front of the statue of Christus and his ancient apostles. The statues can be found in the visitor’s center for the Rome Italy Temple. 

President Nelson also released a statement on Facebook stating:

“More than 2,000 years ago, our Savior Jesus Christ ministered to the world, establishing His Church and His gospel. He called Apostles and gave them the decree to “go ye therefore, and teach all nations.”

In our day, the Lord’s Church has been restored. The Savior stands at the head of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As modern-day Apostles of Jesus Christ, the message we share today is the same message that Apostles shared long ago—that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ.

As one of His special witnesses, I testify that because the Savior offered Himself as the infinite Atonement, you and I have the opportunity—the privilege—to be forgiven when we repent. We can also turn to Him for healing of our hearts, for strength when we are weak, and for help to do things we simply cannot do on our own. He taught us how to love, how to pray, how to endure. There’s no trial we can endure that He doesn’t know about. He gives each one of us hope.

I am honored to be listed among the many who teach and testify of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Savior of the world, and He has given us an example by which we can live.

Because of Jesus Christ, we can have access to power sufficient to deal with the burdens, obstacles, and temptations of our day. He delivers us from physical and spiritual death. I love and testify of Him.”

Scouting and Duty to God

One of the main pillars in the Scouting community is Duty to God. The Boy Scouts of America encourages Scouts to grow strong through their faith. In our community, Latter-day Saints troops continue to practice and develop their commitment to the Lord through Scouting. The temple is a great place for Scouts who are old enough to grow their conviction and develop their testimonies. 

 

Author: Nicole Balmforth | Marketing Associate, Utah National Parks Council

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One thought on “Rome Italy Temple Dedication Brings All 15 Apostles Together

  1. Darryl Alder

    Nicole, thanks for pulling this all together in one place. I looked around for some of this last Sunday, but am happy for this. I plan to use it as a resource in Gospel Doctrine this Sunday

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