Tijuana Mexico Temple Dedicatory Prayer
Following is the text of the prayer President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, offered as he dedicated the Tijuana Mexico Temple on Sunday, December 13.
As we approach Thee in prayer, O God our Eternal Father, we lift our voices in thanksgiving and love on this historic day to dedicate the Tijuana Mexico Temple unto Thee. Our hearts reach out to Thee in faith and prayer. This temple is an answer to the prayers of Thy faithful people and a fulfillment of Thy promises to them. We are jubilant, and our hearts are filled with praise to Thee. Thou hast honored Thy children in directing Thy prophet to build Thy sacred house here in Tijuana, Mexico.
We are grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ, which has touched the lives of all assembled for this dedication. We thank Thee for Thy divine truth, restored to earth in this dispensation of the fulness of times. We thank Thee for the Prophet Joseph Smith and for all who have succeeded him, including the prophet of our day, even Thomas S. Monson. We love him, sustain him, and pray for him.
We thank Thee for the progress of Thy work in this great nation of Mexico. We give thanks for all who have helped to make this beautiful temple possible. Wilt Thou continue to bless the leaders and the people of this nation for their friendliness to Thy Church.
We ask Thee to touch the lives and hearts of all who will have an opportunity to listen and hearken to the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Hasten the miracle of conversion among the great and good people of this land.
We thank Thee for the sacred record of Lehi, Nephi, and Jacob, of Alma and Mosiah, of Benjamin, Mormon, and 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 merciful purposes may be fulfilled.
Dear 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. May love for Thee and Thy Son grow in our hearts. May it be expressed in our love one for another, by our keeping Thy commandments and honoring the covenants made in Thy Church and in this holy temple.
Now, beloved Father, in the name of Jesus Christ and by authority of the everlasting priesthood, we dedicate the Tijuana Mexico 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 the house of the Lord where the fulness of the priesthood may be exercised. We dedicate it as a house of worship, a house of covenants, a house of faith, a house of God.
We dedicate the grounds on which it stands with all its vegetation; the building 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 of this structure and its surroundings; the baptistry, the endowment rooms, the sealing rooms, and the magnificent celestial room.
Wilt Thou accept this temple as the gift of our hearts and hands. May Thy Holy Spirit dwell here at all times and be felt by all who come within its portals. May a mantle of holiness come upon this sacred edifice. May it stand as a beacon of everlasting truth and light in this unique city and in this 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 do so worthily. Wilt Thou seal upon them an endowment of righteousness that will become a guardian throughout their lives.
Bless the youth of Thy Church with an understanding of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Bless them with great love for the temple and a desire to become disciples in Thy divine work. May they be true and faithful throughout their lives.
Bless all who attend this temple as patrons, that Thy Spirit may rest upon them, that the sacred covenants of Thy house may be impressed upon their minds and hearts. We pray for those who shall serve and work in this house of the Lord in any capacity. May they do so with a spirit of dedication and love.
We pray for the temple president, his counselors, for the matron and her assistants as they serve Thee in their sacred responsibilities.
We thank Thee for faithful tithe payers throughout the world whose consecrated offerings made possible this and other houses of the Lord. Open the windows of heaven and shower down blessings upon them. May they feel of Thy love, and may Thine encircling arms of mercy be round about them.
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 house rest upon that great divine act of the love of Thy Son, the Savior of all mankind.
Dear Father, please accept our humble and grateful prayer as we dedicate this temple unto Thee and as we rededicate ourselves to Thee and Thy service in the name of our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.