The Helsinki Finland Temple is the 124th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (LDS Church) and the 1st temple completed in Finland. Rising above the numerous trees on a rocky hillside along the highway to Turku stands the majestic Helsinki Finland Temple, located in the suburb of Espoo approximately 7 miles northwest of downtown Helsinki.
The Helsinki Finland Temple was dedicated 22 October 2006 in four sessions by President Gordon B. Hinckley, his 95th dedication or rededication of the Church’s then 124 temples. The temple district spanned 12 time zones, including most of Russia, to be the largest temple district of the time. Proceedings of the dedication were broadcast by satellite to 62 sites throughout eastern Europe to an estimated 15,000 members.
The Helsinki Finland Temple is the second northernmost temple of the Church, following the Anchorage Alaska Temple. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Helsinki Finland Temple was held on the same day as the groundbreaking ceremony for the San Antonio Texas Temple.
About 600 members crowded into the Helsinki Finland Stake Center to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Helsinki Finland Temple. There were so many people that the brethern stood through the services to give room for the sisters to sit.
On April 12, 2005, a 45-meter gleaming copper spire was installed atop the Helsinki Finland Temple, which was later antiqued to a dark brown. The gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was added to the Helsinki Finland Temple on Thursday, October 13, 2005.
Though Church membership numbered only 4,500 in this Lutheran nation after 59 years of proselyting, response to the public open house of the Helsinki Finland Temple was staggering. Of the 55,633 total visitors, 5,711 submitted comment cards and 2,713 requested a Book of Mormon delivered by missionaries.
At the time of its dedication, the Helsinki Finland Temple assumed a temple district that stretched over two continents and 12 time zones, including the Baltic states and the entire country of Russia.
The Helsinki Finland Temple serves members from 3 stakes and 5 districts headquartered in Finland, Northwest Russia, Estonia, and Lithuania:
- Helsinki Finland Stake
- Kuopio Finland District
- Oulu Finland District
- Pietarsaari Finland District
- Tampere Finland Stake
- Tallinn Estonia District
- Vilnius Lithuania District
Notable presidents of the this temple include:
- Matti T. Jouttenus 2018–
- Seppo O. Syvänen 2015–2018
- O. Pekka Roto 2012–2015
- Kari J. A. Haikkola 2009–2012
- Melvin J. Luthy 2006–2009
Helsinki Finland Temple
The Helsinki Finland Temple is the 124th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (LDS Church) and the 1st temple completed in Metropolitan Finland. Rising above the numerous trees on a rocky hillside along the highway to Turku stands the majestic Helsinki Finland Temple, located in the suburb of Espoo approximately 7 miles northwest of downtown Helsinki.