Concepción Chile Temple Dedicatory Prayer

  • 2 November 2018

The Concepción Chile Temple, photographed here the day before its dedication on Sunday, October 28, 2018.  Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

The Concepción Chile Temple is the second temple to be built in Chile and the 160th temple of the Church.

Location
Avenida Quinta Junge, Concepción, Chile

Plans announced
October 3, 2009

Groundbreaking
October 17, 2015

Public open house
September 15–October 13, 2018

Youth devotional
October 27, 2018

Dedication
October 28, 2018

Property size
4.06 acres

Building size
23,095 square feet

Architect
Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects (NWL)

Contractor
Cosapi Mas Errazuriz (CME)

Building
Neoclassical design with French detailing, capped with a dome in the style of most Chilean religious buildings. Designed to withstand seismic events with a state-of-the-art base isolation system.

Interior
Features motifs of the Chilean national flower, the Copihue, in art glass panels, flooring, and bronze details. The Chilean national stone, lapis lazuli, is used in the baptistry font design.

Landscaping
Inspired by classical gardening, the landscaping includes native Chilean species, including 96 palm trees. Elevated pathways provide views of the nearby Biobio River.

Following is the text of the dedicatory prayer of the Concepción Chile Temple offered by President Russell M. Nelson on Sunday, October 28.

O God, our Eternal Father, prayerfully and humbly we come before Thee in the name of Thy Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. In this holy house, we bow in reverent prayer to praise and honor Thee and to dedicate this edifice unto Thee for its sacred purposes.

We are most grateful that Thou hast blessed us with resources necessary to construct this house of the Lord. We thank Thee for faithful Saints who, in their prosperity or in their poverty, have made sacred offerings for this holy edifice. We thank Thee for every sacrifice of time and effort made to construct this beautiful building.

We are grateful for the Prophet Joseph Smith and for the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in these latter days. We thank Thee for the ministration of heavenly messengers who have restored priesthood keys that make possible the salvation and exaltation of Thy children.

We acknowledge those Chilean pioneers of faith and devotion who established the foundation of Thy work in this beautiful country. May their names be remembered and their legacy revered by all succeeding generations.

We pray for the families and individual members of the Church who reside in this choice land. As they are faithful and true to the covenants they have made and will make in this holy temple, wilt Thou prosper them and grant them the desires of their hearts. We pray for the youth, that they may be drawn to these sacred precincts. We pray for the children that their hearts may be turned to their fathers. May the ordinances and covenants of salvation and exaltation be provided to all on both sides of the veil who yearn for them.

Wilt Thou bless those who depart this temple for missionary service, that they may go forth with power and determination to help in the gathering of Israel in preparation for the Second Coming of Thy Beloved Son.

We pray for members of the Church who direct Thy work here on earth. We pray for the general officers, local leaders, and faithful members of Thy Church. We pray that Thy love may sustain them according to Thy holy will for them.

President Russell M. Nelson dedicated the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

We pray for the government leaders of this great nation of Chile. Dear Father, soften their hearts and inspire their minds that this country may prosper under their direction. We pray for the citizens of Chile. Bless them according to Thy will for them. Strengthen those who will help to secure freedom and security for all. Bless the members of Thy Church who reside here that they may be exemplary citizens, with integrity and charity in all their labors.

A close-up of the steeple of the Concepción Chile Temple, photographed here the day before its dedication on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Now, Beloved Father, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ and in the authority of the holy Melchizedek Priesthood, we dedicate unto Thee this the Concepción Chile Temple. We dedicate the structure from the depth of its foundation to the height of its steeple, that it may withstand the forces of nature and the ravages of time. We dedicate each room for its sacred purpose. We dedicate the furnishings and fixtures that they may serve their function well and give comfort and utility to those who use them. We dedicate the grounds upon which this temple stands, with their flowers, trees, shrubs, and grass. Thwart the hand of any who would approach these premises with evil intent.

Dear Father, wilt Thou bless the temple presidents and matrons who will serve here, that they may do so with Thine approbation. Bless all who serve here that exactness and love will prevail in their efforts. Bless those who come to worship and perform work for their departed ancestors and others. May Thy Holy Spirit bring inspiration, comfort, and joy to all who labor in this sacred edifice.

Holy Father, we praise and honor Thee and Thy Beloved Son. May Thy Saints here and throughout the world fulfill their responsibilities in the gathering of Israel, preparing a Zion people, and doing a work worthy of all acceptation.

We express unto Thee our abiding love and sincere gratitude as we dedicate unto Thee this the Concepción Chile Temple, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.