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The London England Temple (formerly the London Temple) is the 12th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). It is located in Newchapel, Surrey, England.

The temple serves church members in south Wales, the Channel Islands, southern parts of England, the Limerick District of Ireland, Jordan and Egypt.[1]

History

Building of the temple began on 27 August 1955, and the temple was dedicated on 7 September 1958. Over 76,000 people toured the building during the public open house before it was dedicated.[2] It was the first LDS temple to be built in the United Kingdom. Its construction was part of a growth in the number of temples, led by David O. McKay, who performed the dedication.

After thirty-two years, the temple was closed for remodeling and refurbishing. An additional Template:Convert were added, as well as a fourth floor. In October 1992, Gordon B. Hinckley rededicated the London England Temple, after a two-week public open house. A second British temple was built in 1998 in Chorley, Lancashire.

A statue of the angel Moroni was placed atop the temple at the conclusion of the Jubilee Celebration. Included in the Jubilee project was the restoring the Manor House and the visitors center, adding new mission offices to the temple site and renovating the accommodation center for temple patrons.[3]

On 17 June 1960, the first stake in England was created in Manchester. The British Mission was divided the same day, creating the North British Mission. An aggressive building program, aided by building missionaries, was responsible for the construction of several meetinghouses in the early 1960s. The Institute of Religion was inaugurated in Britain in 1970.

Description

The temple has a total of Template:Convert, four ordinance rooms, and seven sealing rooms.[4] It is faced with white Portland limestone with a green copper spire. Like other LDS temples, a temple recommend is required for church members to enter.

Temple District

The London England Temple serves members from 22 stakes and 2 districts headquartered in Southern England and the English Midlands, Wales, Egypt, and Ireland:

Southern England and the English Midlands

  1. Bristol England Stake
  2. Canterbury England Stake
  3. Cheltenham England Stake
  4. Coventry England Stake
  5. Crawley England Stake
  6. Ipswich England Stake
  7. Leicester England Stake
  8. London England Hyde Park Stake
  9. London England Wandsworth Stake
  10. Maidstone England Stake
  11. Northampton England Stake
  12. Norwich England Stake
  13. Plymouth England Stake
  14. Poole England Stake
  15. Portsmouth England Stake
  16. Reading England Stake
  17. Romford England Stake
  18. St Albans England Stake
  19. Staines England Stake
  20. Watford England Stake

Wales

  1. Cardiff Wales Stake
  2. Merthyr Tydfil Wales Stake

Egypt

  1. Cairo Egypt District

Ireland

  1. Limerick Ireland District

Jordan

  1. Amman Jordan District

Temple Presidents

  1. David R. Irwin 2019–
  2. Michael R. Otterson 2016–2019
  3. Kenneth Johnson 2013–2016
  4. C. Raymond Lowry 2010–2013
  5. Michael R. Fagg 2007–2010
  6. Rowland E. Elvidge 2004–2007
  7. George H. Jones 2001–2004
  8. Peter L. Morley 1998–2001
  9. Ian D. Swanney 1996–1998
  10. Arthur J. Turvey 1993–1996
  11. Ralph Pulman 1988–1993
  12. Arthur H. King 1986–1988
  13. Joseph Hamstead Jr. 1982–1986
  14. Johan P. Jongkees 1979–1982
  15. Joseph W. Darling 1973–1979
  16. Dougald C. McKeown 1968–1973
  17. Leroy J. Buckmiller 1966–1968
  18. George E. England 1964–1966
  19. Selvoy J. Boyer 1958–1964

See Also

References

London England Temple

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The London England Temple is the 12th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the 1st temple built in Europe. Occupying an exceptionally handsome estate in the southern English countryside with several buildings share the site—most notably a three-story, 40-room Elizabethan-style mansion—known as the Manor House, which has served various purposes for the Church over the years including patron housing and missionary training center. Surrounding the temple are 10 acres of paradise-like formal grounds featuring Eden Brook on the southern border of the property and numerous stately oak trees including the plaque-bearing "David O. McKay Oak." A picturesque pond sits to the southwest creating inspiring reflections of the temple both day and night.

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