RELIGION

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints rededicates Tokyo Japan Temple

Jul 3, 2022, 5:56 PM | Updated: Jul 26, 2022, 5:04 pm

The grounds of the Tokyo Japan Temple in Tokyo on Sunday, July 3, 2022 (Credit: The Church of Jesus...

The grounds of the Tokyo Japan Temple in Tokyo on Sunday, July 3, 2022 (Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

(Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

TOKYO — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has rededicated its longest operating temple in Asia.

President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presided over the rededication in Tokyo, Japan, on Sunday.

“This is a great thing for this nation. It is a great thing in the world to have a temple of God. I feel grateful just to be here,” President Eyring said.

The temple was originally dedicated on Oct. 27, 1980, as the 18th temple of the Church.

However, it closed in September 2017 to undergo renovations to its interior and exterior.

A visitor center, chapel, area and missions offices, and a family history center were added to the historic temple, according to the release.

President Henry B. Eyring, right, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Elder Gary E. Stevenson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, look over the grounds prior to the Tokyo Japan Temple rededication in Tokyo on Sunday, July 3, 2022. (Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) The grounds of the Tokyo Japan Temple in Tokyo on Sunday, July 3, 2022 (Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Attendees fill the grounds after the Tokyo Japan Temple rededication in Tokyo on Sunday, July 3, 2022. (Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) President Henry B. Eyring, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Elder Gary E. Stevenson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder John A. McCune and Elder James R. Rasband pose during the Tokyo Japan Temple rededication in Tokyo on Sunday, July 3, 2022. (Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) President Henry B. Eyring, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Elder Gary E. Stevenson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, during the Tokyo Japan Temple rededication in Tokyo on Sunday, July 3, 2022. (Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Attendees fill the grounds after the Tokyo Japan Temple rededication in Tokyo on Sunday, July 3, 2022. (Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Elder Gary E. Stevenson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, talks with temple President Hideki Aoki and his family prior to the Tokyo Japan Temple rededication in Tokyo on Sunday, July 3, 2022. (Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) The Tokyo Japan Temple seen from the Arisugawanomiya Memorial Park in Tokyo on Sunday, July 3, 2022. (Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Attendees walk into the Tokyo Japan Temple rededication in Tokyo on Sunday, July 3, 2022. (Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Attendees walk near the the Tokyo Japan Temple and a Japanese stone lantern on the grounds in Tokyo on Sunday, July 3, 2022.(Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Entrance to the Tokyo Japan Temple in Tokyo on Sunday, July 3, 2022. (Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) The grounds of the Tokyo Japan Temple in Tokyo on Sunday, July 3, 2022.
(Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Sisters Sai, 11, Yue, 10, and Noe, 9,Tanaka laugh as they enter the Tokyo Japan Temple rededication in Tokyo on Sunday, July 3, 2022. (Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Attendees fill the grounds after the Tokyo Japan Temple rededication in Tokyo on Sunday, July 3, 2022. (Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

President Eyring was joined by several Church members like Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Both President Eyring and Elder Stevenson have ties to Japan.

“When I come here, I feel like I’m coming home,” President Eyring said.

Elder Stevenson served as a missionary in Japan from 2004 to 2007. He says the country is a part of his “spiritual DNA.”

“We had 19,000 people come to the temple open house,” Elder Stevenson said. “Including many influential people in Japan from government, commerce, education, and religion.”

The refurbished Tokyo Japan Temple is 53,779 square feet with Japanese landscaping and interior esthetics.

The release states that Japan is home to over 130,000 Latter-day Saints.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints rededicates Tokyo Japan Temple