TEMPLES — Dedications
QUESTION: Elder Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve, had the privilege of dedicating the Regina Saskatchewan Temple on November 14, 1999. Can you name some of the other times in this dispensation when an apostle who is not a member of the First Presidency has dedicated a temple?
ANSWER: Besides Elder Packer’s dedication of the Regina Saskatchewan Temple, other times when an apostle who was not a member of the First Presidency dedicated a temple include: 1) On May 17, 1888 Elder Wilford Woodruff, then President of the Quorum of Twelve, dedicated the Manti Utah Temple. President John Taylor had died on July 25, 1887 and the First Presidency was not reorganized until April 7, 1889. Thus, Elder Woodruff, the most senior apostle, dedicated the temple. 2) The Nauvoo Temple was dedicated by Orson Hyde and Joseph Young. 3) Boyd K. Packer dedicated the Brigham City Utah Temple on September 23, 2012. 4) Dallin H. Oaks dedicated the Provo City Center Temple on March 20, 2016. 5) Elder David A. Bednar dedicated the Star Valley Wyoming Temple. 6) Elder Dale G. Renlund dedicated the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple on April 14, 2019. NOTE: It has now become a regular occurrence for members of the Quorum of the Twelve to dedicate temples. Currently, in late 2022, every member of the First Presidency and every member of the Quorum of the Twelve has dedicated a temple.
QUESTION: Can you name apostles who have dedicated temples while serving as a counselor in the First Presidency?
ANSWER: Apostles who have dedicated temples while serving as a counselor in the First Presidency include Daniel H. Wells (St. George Utah Temple), Marion G. Romney (Jordan River Temple), Gordon B. Hinckley (numerous temples), Thomas S. Monson (several temples), James E. Faust (several temples), Henry B. Eyring (several temples), Dieter F. Uchtdorf (several temples), and Dallin H. Oaks (two temples as of 12-31-2022).
QUESTION: Can you name some of the brethren who have rededicated temples in this dispensation?
ANSWER: Prophets and apostles who have rededicated temples in this dispensation include President Spencer W. Kimball (4), President Gordon B. Hinckley (12), President Thomas S. Monson (5), Elder L. Tom Perry (1), Elder Russell M. Nelson (1), and Elder Henry B. Eyring (3). This is accurate information as of April 6, 2016. NOTE: As of 2022, numerous other general authorities have rededicated temples.
QUESTION: Four times in church history two temples have been dedicated on the same day. Can you name these four occurrences?
ANSWER: The Halifax Nova Scotia Temple and the Regina Saskatchewan Temple were both dedicated on November 14, 1999, by President Gordon B. Hinckley and Elder Boyd K. Packer, respectively. The Memphis Tennessee Temple and the Reno Nevada Temple were both dedicated on April 23, 2000, by Presidents James E. Faust and Thomas S. Monson, respectively. The Nashville Tennessee Temple and the Villahermosa Mexico Temple were both dedicated on May 21, 2000, again by Presidents James E. Faust and Thomas S. Monson, respectively. The Montreal Quebec Temple and the San Jose Costa Rica Temple were both dedicated on June 4, 2000, by Presidents Gordon B. Hinckley and James E. Faust, respectively.
QUESTION: What was the first year in which more than one temple was dedicated?
ANSWER: The first year in which more than one temple was dedicated (in a given calendar year) was 1958. In that year, both the New Zealand (April 20) and London (September 7) temples were dedicated.
QUESTION: The year 1958 was the first year that two temples were dedicated in the same calendar year. What was the next year in which two or more temples were dedicated?
ANSWER: The next year following 1958 in which two temples were dedicated was 1972. Both the Ogden Utah Temple (January 18) and the Provo Utah Temple (February 9) were dedicated in that year. The first year in which more than two temples were dedicated in a given year was 1983, in which 6 temples were dedicated (Atlanta, Samoa, Tonga, Santiago Chile, Tahiti, and Mexico City).