Washington D.C. Temple is a ‘community gift’ to be appreciated in spring open house

Media attend a news conference at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center on July 20, 2021. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

KENSINGTON, Maryland — In this global area where cultures, ideas and politics intersect, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced open house and dedication dates for the Washington D.C. Temple during a press conference Tuesday morning.

The announcement came 16 months after the original re-opening of the iconic temple was delayed by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The open house for the temple will be held April 28, 2022, through June 4, 2022 (except for Sundays) — marking the first time the public will be able to tour the temple since its 1974 dedication. The temple will be rededicated June 19, 2022. These dates were announced in a letter from the First Presidency and shared during a media event at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center, located 10 miles north of the United States Capitol.

Anne Golightly, chair of public affairs for the local Washington D.C. Temple open house committee, said the First Presidency’s decision to dedicate the temple next year will allow COVID recovery to occur in


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