The Manti Temple is Rededicated by President Nelson

The Manti Temple is Rededicated by President Nelson

Yesterday, April 21, 2024, marked a wonderful day for the people in the Central Utah area – the rededication of the historic Manti Utah Temple!

The temple was rededicated under the direction of President Nelson. It was a surprise appearance from the Prophet, as the rededication was originally supposed be presided over and given by Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. But President Nelson has family ties to the area, so performing the rededication himself surely meant a lot to him. President Nelson’s father was from Manti and his mother was from nearby Ephraim. His grandparents and great-grandparents also have ties to the Sanpete Valley, the home of his pioneer ancestors who helped settle the valley.

The rededication took place after three years of renovations and a public open house. This was the second renovation of the historic structure, which was originally announced by Brigham Young in 1875. It was later dedicated in 1888. During these recent renovations, workers performed mechanical updates and other changes, in preparation for future generations. Work was also done to preserve the original murals inside the temple.

“We build temples to honor the Lord,” said President Nelson during the rededication. “They are built for worship and not for show. We make sacred covenants of eternal significance inside these sacred walls.”

He continued, “We rejoice in this renewed temple. … And we cherish the blessings that come from obedience to the solemn promises made here.”

In the prayer, the prophet said, “We thank Thee for Thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Redeemer. We are grateful that, because of His Atonement, we have the possibility of eternal life with Thee and with our families.”

“We rededicate this magnificent temple to Thee from its foundation to its towers. We rededicate each room for its intended and sacred purpose,” President Nelson said.

“This sacred temple is particularly special to me because my family history is so closely connected to it,” said Elder Rasband. “By divine design, the Manti Utah Temple is built on sacred land and has been consecrated by those who for more than a century have faithfully made and kept sacred covenants.”

The Manti Temple is truly a historic temple, as it was the 3rd temple to be built and finished in the world. But today it is one of 30 temples in Utah that is in operation, announced, or under construction, like the very nearby Ephraim Temple.