Frankfurt Germany Temple
The Frankfurt Germany Temple is the 41st operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was originally the fifth temple built in Europe and the second built in the current boundaries of Germany, following the Freiberg Germany Temple which was dedicated in June 1985. The temple has a total of 24,170 square feet, four ordinance rooms, and five sealing rooms. There are nearly 40,000 members of the Church in Germany in 152 congregations. The temple serves Latter-day Saints in Germany, Luxembourg, northern France, and Slovenia.
In 1914 there were 200 Latter-day Saint missionaries in Germany. When World War I began, the missionaries had to leave. At the outbreak of World War II, the missionaries again had to be evacuated. But, amidst war and turmoil, the members remained valiant and continued to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Beginning in 1968, Germany was visited by Church leaders. Each time the leaders would visit, they grieved over the fact the members could not enjoy the blessings of the temple. But they were promised once in 1968 and again in 1975, that "if they remained true and faithful to the commandments of God, that the blessings of the temple would be theirs."
After much prayer and fasting by members of the Church in Germany, the announcement of a Temple was made in 1981. The proposal to build a temple in Friedrichsdorf, which is nine miles north of Frankfurt, brought intense opposition from local religious leaders. Latter-day Saint leaders tried to clear up the misconceptions by providing information about the Church. Church representative, Immo Luschin, asked councilmen to watch a film about the Latter-day Saints. They agreed, and all the misconceptions were clarified and public support for the temple increased.
The Frankfurt Germany Temple is in the old Huguenot city of Friedrichsdorf, a mountainous community which is far from the bustle of city life. It is, however, easily accessible to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who come from Germany and parts of France and Austria. The Temple was dedicated on 28 August 1987, by then-President Ezra Taft Benson. In the dedicatory prayer, President Benson asked, "Open the windows of heaven and shower down upon the local members every needful gift. Prosper them in their labors and magnify them for good before their associates. May the example of their lives lead others to seek thine everlasting truth."
Frankfurt Germany Temple Closed in 2015 for Extensive Renovation
The Frankfurt Germany Temple closed on Monday, 7 September 2015, to accommodate a renovation and enlargement of the temple, including a new underground baptistry. It was expected to reopen in July 2017. The Freiberg Germany Temple was closed earlier in 2015 for an extensive renovation as well. The Freiberg Germany Temple temple remained closed through 30 May 2016. While the Frankfurt Germany Temple and the Freiberg Germany Temple were being renovated members attended other European Latter-day Saint temples, including the Bern Switzerland Temple, Madrid Spain Temple, London England Temple, and Preston England Temple.
Frankfurt Germany Temple Open House, Youth Devotional, and Dedication
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that the public is invited to tour the newly remodeled Frankfurt Germany Temple. The free open house is from Friday, 13 September 2019, to Saturday, 28 September 2019, excluding Sundays. The public can make reservations at Temple Open Houses and Dedications.
The temple, which is located several miles north of Frankfurt in the historic city of Friedrichsdorf, will be rededicated on Sunday, 20 October 2019, in three sessions. A youth devotional with senior Church leaders will be held on Saturday, 19 October 2019.
A Look Inside the Newly Remodeled Frankfurt Germany Temple
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