Sapporo Japan Temple Dedication Sandwiched between Two Tropical Storms

Contributed By Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News associate editor

  • 24 August 2016

The sun shown brightly—despite storm warnings and heavy rains—as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lined up to enter the Sapporo Japan Temple, dedicated Sunday, August 21, in three sessions by President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.  Photos by Sarah Jane Weaver.

“We watched the hand of the Lord stay the elements in answer to our prayers that the dedication might be held under favorable circumstances.” —President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

SAPPORO, JAPAN

Sandwiched between two tropical storms, the Sapporo Japan Temple was dedicated by President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, on August 21.

Typhoon Chanthu made landfall on Hokkaido, Japan’s second largest island, and brought heavy rains to Sapporo in the days before the August 20 youth cultural celebration and August 21 dedication.

But as thousands of members from around Hokkaido gathered in Sapporo for the temple dedication on Sunday, the rain stopped and the sun shone brightly.

Tropical Storm Mindulle ripped through Japan the day after the dedication on August 22—which caused the cancellation of flights out of Tokyo.

The Associated Press reported scattered damage in the area where Mindulle hit. Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency said that 11 people were injured during the storm.

“We watched the hand of the Lord stay the elements in answer to our prayers that the dedication might be held under favorable circumstances,” said President Nelson.