A Tour at the New Urdaneta Philippines Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Thursday, March 14, 2024

The public is invited to tour the new Urdaneta Philippines Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This new house of worship is the third Latter-day Saint temple in the country and the first in Northern Luzon.

The temple is located at MacArthur Highway, Brgy. Nancayasan, Urdaneta City. It is 3,029 square meters and 41.6 meters high. The temple reflects both the Spanish and Asian influences on the Philippines and contains design references to the mango and the sampaguita flower.

The First Presidency of the Church has announced that the open house will be held from Monday, March 18 to 30, except Sunday, March 24. 

The open house will give people of all faiths the opportunity to tour the temple's beautiful interior and grounds and learn about the purpose of these sacred structures. Tours are FREE, and no reservations are needed. Following the public open house, the temple will be formally dedicated on April 28.

Some interviews and tour highlights

This city, this locale, this property, this province, and the entire nation of the Philippines will never ever be the same as a result of the construction of this building,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles expressed during his remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony on January 16, 2019.

At an event for the temple’s construction workers on May 15, 2021, Elder Taniela Wakolo of the Philippines Area Presidency explained the value of the edifice to Church members: “The temple is the house of God, and within it, sacred ordinances are performed. We know that families can be together forever because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. These wonderful blessings are available to all,” he said.

Main lobby
This is where they held the wedding
Bride's Room
The most sacred part of the Church -
Celestial Room
Intricate Sampaguita design 
This is where they perform baptism of the dead where ancestors who were not baptized will be baptized through their living relatives

Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints differ from meeting houses or chapels, where members meet for Sunday worship services. Each temple is considered a “house of the Lord,” where Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. In the temple, Church members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to follow Jesus Christ and serve others.

More information is available at UrdanetaTemple.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

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