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Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple

During the public tours of the newly completed Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more than 140,000 visitors were warmly welcomed by volunteers. The Open House was held from Wednesday, August 10, through Friday, September 9, 2016, and ran every day except Sundays (August 14, 21 and 28 and September 4).

Following the public open house, the temple was formally dedicated on Sunday, September 18. The dedication was preceded by a cultural celebration featuring music and dance by the youth of the Church, held on the evening of Saturday, September 17, at the Liacouras Center on Temple University campus. More than 1,700 youth from the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple district came together to celebrate through song and dance this momentous occassion. The theme of the youth celebration, 'We the People', focused on the historical founding of the nation and upon the founding of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

President Henry B. Eyring, a New Jersey native and member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presided over the three dedicatory sessions for the Philadelphia Temple and the cornerstone ceremony. Documentation of the history of the Church in the Philadelphia area was encased in the granite exterior of the Philadelphia Temple during the cornerstone cermony.

The Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple is the 152nd temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the world. It serves more than 41,000 Church members in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and all of Delaware.

Plans for a temple in Philadelphia were first announced by Church President Thomas S. Monson in October 2008. Construction began with a formal groundbreaking on September 17, 2011.

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