Construction is continuing on the Rome Italy Mormon Temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which church is often misnamed the Mormon Church). Pictures of the progress were recently released. The Rome Italy Mormon Temple is being constructed in the Settebagni area of Rome. The temple and its complex of beautiful buildings reside on a 15-acre piece of land and will serve more than 23,000 members of the Church in Italy and neighboring countries.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the temple took place on October 23, 2010, with church president Thomas S. Monson in attendance. “My heart is filled with gratitude,” President Monson declared. “Members throughout Italy, and the entire Mediterranean area, will be able to come here.”
The Rome Italy Mormon Temple has been a long time in the making. Local authorities recognize the advantages of cultivating such a nice area for committed religious worship, however. “A ceremony that profoundly touched me for the sincere and heartfelt appreciation of those attending,” said Senator Lucio Malan, one of the local government representatives, “A positive day for Italy because those who profess to obey the laws of the state and the laws of God make the country in which they live a better place.”
The beautiful temple grounds will focus on the Rome Italy Mormon Temple, but will also house a new religious and cultural center, including a multifunctional meetinghouse, a visitors center, a family history center, and housing for patrons of the temple. Many of the buildings will be open to the public and will be of benefit to the community. The gardens will also be open to the public.
While the Rome Italy Mormon Temple will not be open to the public once it has been dedicated, there will be an open house period during which members of the public can take a free guided tour and learn a little bit more about what temples mean to Latter-day Saints (“Mormons”) and what takes place in them. Faithful Latter-day Saints participate in sacred ordinances in Mormon temples like eternal marriages. Mormon doctrine teaches that families can be together forever, not just for their temporal lives. In order for a family to receive the blessing of eternal ties, however, certain covenants must be made in a Mormon temple. Other ordinances take place in Mormon temples where participants covenant with God to live a higher law. These covenants are taken very seriously.
The Rome Italy Mormon Temple exterior will be made from granite with decorative glazing. As with all Mormon temples, the interior will also be made of and decorated with the finest workmanship. This temple will be decorated with marble, woodwork, Venetian plaster, and decorative painting. The final size of the temple will be about 40,000 square feet. It will have two large spires.
When it is completed, the Rome Italy Mormon Temple will be the twelfth Mormon temple in Europe and the first in Italy.