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Formerly Known As: Freiburg German Democratic Republic Temple: The Freiburg Germany Temple is the 33rd operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), the 3rd temple completed in Europe, the first 1st temple in Germany and the first temple completed in a communist country. It stands in the northwest section of beautiful and historic Freiberg. Citizens of all faiths feel an owernship and pride in the building, which they refer to as "our" temple. Distribution Services and housing for the temple president, missionaries, and patrons are located west of the temple while a meetinghouse stands to the north. The attractive grounds are lovingly maintained and open to the public.


History

Following diligent efforts by the Church to obtain permission for its faithful couples to attend the Bern Switzerland Temple, the government asked if it might consider building a temple in East Germany. The Church gratefully accepted the invitation and built the Freiberg Germany Temple. Though just 40,000 Germans called the city of Freiberg home, crowds of 89,871 attended the two-week open house of the Freiberg Germany Temple—some waiting up to three hours in the rain for a chance to get inside.

In 1990, five years after the dedication of the Freiberg Germany Temple, the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) was reunited with the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany).

2002 Renovations

At 7,840 square feet, the Freiberg Germany Temple was the smallest temple the Church had ever constructed.

An angel Moroni statue was added to the Freiberg Germany Temple on December 20, 2001, sixteen and a half years after its dedication as part of a major renovation and expansion project.

On September 7, 2002, President Gordon B. Hinckley presided at the rededication of the Freiberg Germany Temple, which he had originally dedicated over 17 years earlier. In the months that preceded the rededication, the temple was closed for extensive renovation and expansion that raised the quality of construction and decor to higher standards. Additional square footage extending to the east approximately doubled the size of the temple. New amenities included installation of twelve oxen to support the baptismal font, a non-patrons waiting room, a matron/brides room, and an office for the temple president. On December 20, 2001, the previously statueless spire was topped by a gold-leafed statue of angel Moroni.1


2016 Renovations

The Freiberg Germany Temple was rededicated a second time on September 4, 2016, following an extensive renovation project that included the creation of a second ordinance room and enlarged the Celestial Room.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, returned to his boyhood country of Germany to rededicate the Freiberg Germany Temple on September 4, 2016. The temple had closed on February 9, 2015, for an extensive remodeling and expansion project that added a second ordinance room and created a larger Celestial Room with a raised ceiling. The evening before the rededication President Uchtdorf and his wife Harriet enthusiastically cheered at the youth cultural celebration that brought together 400 young men and women from eastern Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland.2



Temple District

The Freiberg Germany Temple serves members from 5 stakes and 6 districts headquartered in Eastern Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, România, and Slovakia:

Austria

  1. Salzburg Austria Stake
  2. Vienna Austria Stake

Eastern Germany

  1. Berlin Germany Stake
  2. Dresden Germany Stake
  3. Leipzig Germany Stake

Hungary

  1. Budapest Hungary Stake
  2. Miskolc Hungary District
  3. Szombathely Hungary District

Czech Republic

  1. Prague Czech Republic Stake

Poland

  1. Katowice Poland District
  2. Warsaw Poland District

România

  1. Cluj-Napoca România District

Slovakia

  1. Bratislava Slovakia District


Temple Presidents

  1. Viktor Wadosch 2018–
  2. Günther W. Erlacher 2014–2018
  3. Ernst Husz 2011–2014
  4. Frank H. Apel 2008–2011
  5. Manfred H. Schütze 2005–2008
  6. Gerhard Grünewald 2001–2005
  7. Magnus R. Meiser 1998–2001
  8. Justus Ernst 1995–1998
  9. Jiri Snederfler 1991–1995
  10. Henry J. Burkhardt 1985–1991

See Also

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Freiberg Germany Temple

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The Freiberg Germany Temple is the 33rd operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), the 3rd temple completed in Europe, the first 1st temple in Germany and the first temple completed in a communist country. It stands in the northwest section of beautiful and historic Freiberg. Citizens of all faiths feel an owernship and pride in the building, which they refer to as "our" temple. Distribution Services and housing for the temple president, missionaries, and patrons are located west of the temple while a meetinghouse stands to the north. The attractive grounds are lovingly maintained and open to the public.

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