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The First Presidency Announces Open House and Dedication Dates for Three Temples

Temples to open in Sapporo, Japan, Freiberg, Germany, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The public is invited to visit the newly completed Sapporo Japan and Philadelphia Pennsylvania temples and the recently renovated Freiberg Germany Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this summer.

Sapporo Japan Temple
The First Presidency of the Church has announced that the Sapporo Temple open house will begin on Friday, July 8 and go through Saturday, July 23, 2016, except for the Sundays, July 10 and 17.

The temple will be dedicated in three sessions, 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m., on Sunday, August 21, 2016. The dedication will be broadcast to Church meetinghouses in Japan. A cultural celebration will be held the night before on August 20.

Freiberg Germany Temple
The Freiberg Temple has been renovated and is preparing for public tours. An open house will begin Friday, August 12, and go through Saturday, August 27, 2016, except for the Sundays of August 14 and 21.

The temple will be rededicated in three sessions, 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 4, 2016, and broadcast to Church meetinghouses in Germany as well as to Latter-day Saints living in the Freiberg Germany Temple district. The cultural celebration will be held Saturday, September 3.

Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
The open house for the Philadelphia Temple will begin Wednesday, August 10, and conclude on Friday, September 9, 2016. Tours of the temple will not be conducted on any of the Sundays in August and September.

The temple will be dedicated and broadcast to all Church meetinghouses in Pennsylvania and those in the Philadelphia Temple district on Sunday, September 18, in three sessions, 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m. A cultural celebration will be held the night before on Saturday, September 17.

Latter-day Saint temples differ from meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. Inside the temple, members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to serve God and their fellow man.

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