Córdoba Argentina Temple Dedicatory Prayer
Following is the text of the prayer offered by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, as he dedicated the Córdoba Argentina Temple on Sunday, May 17, 2015.
O God our Eternal Father, we approach Thee with thanksgiving and love on this day of dedication. Our hearts are jubilant and reach out to Thee in faith and prayer. We invite Thy Holy Spirit to attend us.
We thank Thee for Thy Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. We thank Thee for the Prophet Joseph Smith, through whom Thou hast restored Thy holy priesthood and eternal gospel principles, practices, and keys that will be exercised in Thy holy temple.
We thank Thee for a living prophet, even President Thomas S. Monson; we love him and we pray for him.
An aerial view of the Córdoba Argentina Temple.
We thank Thee for the progress of Thy work in this great nation of Argentina. We give thanks for all who have helped to make this beautiful temple possible.
Today we recognize the missionaries and leaders who have served here, and we are grateful for their faith and the faith and dedication of our members. Wilt Thou bless them and all the leaders and the people of this nation for their friendliness to Thy Church.
We pray for all who have an opportunity to listen and ponder the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Please touch their hearts and lives with Thy goodness. Hasten the miracle of conversion among the great and good people of this land.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf waves to the crowd upon arrival for the traditional cornerstone ceremony of the Córdoba Argentina Temple.
We thank Thee for the sacred record of Lehi, Nephi, and Jacob; Alma and Mosiah; Benjamin and Mormon; and of Moroni. We thank Thee for this voice that has come from the dust to bear witness of the divinity of Thy Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thou hast sent Thy prophet Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers. This holy temple opens the gates to eternity that these purposes may be fulfilled.
Dear Heavenly Father, forgive us our many shortcomings. Strengthen our faith and fortify us against weakness. Give us power to resist the many and clever deceits of the adversary.
Increase our love for Thee and Thy Son in our hearts and in our lives. May this love be expressed in our compassion one for another by our keeping Thy commandments and honoring the covenants made in Thy holy temple.
Now, our beloved Father in Heaven, in the name of Jesus Christ and by authority of the everlasting priesthood, we dedicate the Córdoba Argentina Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We dedicate it unto Thee as Thy hallowed dwelling place. We dedicate it unto Thy Son as a house of worship, a house of covenants, a house of faith, a house of God.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church, speaks to the crowd that gathered for the traditional cornerstone ceremony signifying that the Córdoba Argentina Temple is complete. Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Katherine, are standing in the back.
We dedicate the grounds on which it stands with all its vegetation. We dedicate all the buildings and facilities that are on this temple property. We dedicate the temple from the footings to the top of the steeple with its crowning figure of Moroni; the walls and windows that they may stand against the storms of nature and be looked upon with reverence and respect; all the interior and exterior elements and rooms of this structure and its surroundings.
Wilt Thou accept this temple as the gift of our hearts and hands. May a mantle of holiness come upon this sacred edifice. May it stand as a beacon of everlasting truth and light in this beautiful and unique part of Thy creation. Wilt Thou protect it from any who may be disposed to harm or defile it in any way.
May all who enter this temple do so worthily. Wilt Thou seal upon them an endowment of righteousness that will become a guardian throughout their lives.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles places mud around the cornerstone of the Córdoba Argentina Temple.
Bless the youth of Thy Church with an understanding of the temple and the divinity of Thy work. May they be true and faithful throughout their lives.
Bless all who serve, work, or attend this holy temple in any capacity. May Thy Spirit rest upon them, that the sacred covenants of Thy house be impressed upon their minds and hearts.
We pray for the temple president and his counselors, for the wonderful matron and her assistants as they serve Thee in their sacred responsibilities.
Members enter the grounds to attend the dedication of the Córdoba Argentina Temple May 17, 2015.
Our Father in Heaven, we love Thee. We know that Thou lovest us. We love Thy Beloved Son, who stands at Thy side. We thank Thee for His atoning sacrifice. All of the blessings of this temple rest upon that great divine act of the love of Thy Son, the Savior of all mankind.
Dear Heavenly Father, accept our prayer as we dedicate this temple unto Thee, as we rededicate ourselves to Thee and Thy service. We ask this in the name of our Redeemer, even the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.