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Mormon Church Officially Recognized in Italy

Mormon Church Officially Recognized in Italy

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often misnamed the “Mormon Church”) has reached a milestone in Italy. For decades, it has sought status with the Italian government. A small victory was achieved in 1993, when the government finally recognized the “Mormon Church” as a legal entity. However, it was recognized only as a charitable institution, not as a church. July 30, 2012, saw the “Mormon Church” gain status as a “partner of state” with the Italian government, when Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano signed the Intesa con la Stato, or legal agreement giving the church far more freedom. Earlier in the month, the Italian Senate had already approved the Church’s request for an intesa, which only a few religions have received, including Catholics, Jews, Baptists, and Methodists. This document will soon be published in the Gazzetta Ufficiale, the official record of the Italian government. What this recognition does is enable... Read the rest of this article »

Photographs of the Rome Temple Site

Photographs of the Rome Temple Site

Rome Temple Land   Rome, Italy Temple Site   Rome   Rome, Italy Temple Area   Future Rome   Rome On Sunday, July 10, a letter from the Rome Italy Stake Presidency was read in area sacrament meetings announcing that construction of the temple had officially begun. Since the formal groundbreaking in October, activity at the temple site has been limited to site activities including clearing, grading, transplanting, erection of a construction fence, and placement of construction trailers. Government Representatives Looking at Rome Temple Model   Rome Temple Construction Site *As construction progresses, the submission of regular photographs is highly appreciated by members worldwide who wish to witness the construction of this beautiful temple in historic Rome.  Read More →

Rome Italy Temple Open House

Rome Italy Temple Open House

Each Mormon temple, upon completion of its construction, is open to the general public for a period of a few weeks. This is prior to the temple’s dedication. Once an LDS temple (a temple belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the Mormon Church is officially known) is dedicated, only those Mormons who carry temple recommends may enter. However, before a temple’s dedication, members of the public who wish to are permitted to walk through the temple. This is a wonderful opportunity for Mormons to show the public that there is nothing secretive or cultish which goes on in Mormon temples. During an open house, a member of the public may walk through all the rooms where temple work is done: the endowment room, the sealing room, and the baptistry, for example. The celestial room is often a favorite, though no ordinances are actually performed in this room. Visitors may also walk through the general sitting rooms, the brides’... Read the rest of this article »

Rome Italy Temple Announced

Rome Italy Temple Announced

The Rome Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon temple) is the 12th European temple to be erected.  Its coming was announced during the opening session of the 178th Semiannual General Conference of the Church by Thomas S. Monson, prophet and President. There was an audible wondrous reaction to the news and a pause before Thomas Monson, smiling in affirmation, continued his remarks. Currently, there are 128 Mormon temples dotting the earth, wherein faithful Mormons serve and covenant to follow the Savior in word and deed.  With the completed temples that have recently been announced, the worldwide total will spring to 145. Rome Mission President, Jeffrey Acerson, was visibly moved by the news: “The Saints in Italy have waited a long time. We’re excited, we’re anxious and we’re very humbled by the decisionof  prophet of the Lord to move forward with a temple in Rome.” When he first heard the news, President Acerson... Read the rest of this article »

Rome Mormon Temple Groundbreaking

Rome Mormon Temple Groundbreaking

On an historic day and in a monumental city, a new temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began in Rome, Italy, on October 23, 2010. Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with Church and local community leaders, participated in the traditional groundbreaking ceremony. Expressing with all the Italian Saints and invited guests, and with many looking on with great interest and joy in other parts of the world, President Monson’s words at the October 23rd groundbreaking of the LDS Rome Temple resound: “My heart is filled with gratitude,” said President Monson as he addressed the 500 guests in attendance. “Members throughout Italy, and the entire Mediterranean area, will be able to come here.” President Monson expressed his gratitude to the members of the Church for their commitment to walk in the path the Savior, Jesus Christ and to follow His example. The influence of a temple,... Read the rest of this article »

The Prophet’s Words on the Rome Italy Temple

The Prophet’s Words on the Rome Italy Temple

Twice a year, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the Mormon Church) gather for a General Conference. This happens in April and again in October each year. During this two-day conference, church leaders talk to church members across the world about topics close to their hearts. On Sunday, April 3, 2011, President Thomas S. Monson, prophet of the Mormon Church, spoke some tender words regarding temples. He also specifically spoke about the temple being built in Rome. Here are his words: The world can be a challenging and difficult place in which to live. We are often surrounded by that which would drag us down. As you and I go to the holy houses of God, as we remember the covenants we make within, we will be more able to bear every trial and to overcome each temptation. In this sacred sanctuary we will find peace; we will be renewed and fortified. Now, my brothers and sisters, may I mention one more temple before... Read the rest of this article »

Rome Italy Temple

Rome Italy Temple

Rome has perhaps more Christian history associated with it than any other place except Israel, where Jesus Christ actually lived and taught. It is difficult to review the history of Christianity in a brief way, but the history has been at times a violent and bloody one. Many Christians were killed for their beliefs and practices, but soon many hearts were touched and thousands began to convert to Christianity. In 313 A.D., the Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal, and eventually the tables were turned completely, and the worship of other gods was made illegal. Soon thereafter, Rome became the center of the Christian world. Popes have ruled from Rome over Catholicism for hundreds and hundreds of years. While having such a strong foundation in Christianity is a wonderful thing, the deeply steeped traditions of Catholicism which reign in Italy can make it difficult for other Christian denominations to grow. Some Catholics feel anger towards The Church... Read the rest of this article »

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