During a recent trip to Italy, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, and his wife, Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf, visited the Rome Italy Temple site on July 17.
“The members in Italy are anxiously awaiting the completion of the House of the Lord,” he said. “Rome and all of Europe will be better because of this temple.”
Work continues to progress on the temple, one of the most watched and talked about building projects underway by the Church.
“For The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Europe, the Rome Italy Temple has a special significance. For Christianity, Rome has always had an important part in history. In its early days the Apostle Paul taught in Rome. Later Rome became the center of the Roman Catholic Church. Even during the Reformation, Rome’s influence was significant,” said President Uchtdorf. “Now during the time of the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ, a temple of the Lord is nearing completion in Rome. We visited the construction site, and it is impressive to see how it is coming along. It will be a magnificent and beautiful temple.”
President Thomas S. Monson announced plans to build the Rome Italy Temple on Oct. 4, 2008. He dedicated the site and broke ground for the temple on Oct. 23, 2010.
“To build a temple takes time. The House of the Lord has to be right, and it has to be done in the Lord’s way,” said President Uchtdorf.
“Between now and the day of the temple dedication in Rome, the members of the Church should use the time wisely to prepare themselves to enter the House of the Lord. I invite them to adjust their lives in a way that they can have a current temple recommend — now.
“Temple-building times are missionary times. The members of the Church in Italy and Europe should use this as a time of preparation; a time to increase in membership and in spiritual strength. Both are important for the Lord’s work. Future generations of children and youth will go to this temple and perform baptisms for the dead. They will receive their own endowments and be sealed for time and eternity as families. What a glorious future for our young people!
“Sister Uchtdorf and I left the Rome temple grounds with a feeling of awe because of the beauty of this sacred edifice, but also with our hearts filled with gratitude and love for our Church members in Italy and worldwide. Their faithfulness and willingness to give so generously of their spiritual and temporal means make it possible to build the House of the Lord in Rome.”
The Rome temple sits on 14.5 acres located at Via de Settebagni, 376, in the northeast corner of the city. It is being constructed primarily of cast-in-place concrete with a Bianco Sardo granite façade; the stone is quarried and fabricated in Italy.
The main building will be 59 feet, 9 inches in height. There are two spires; the west one is to be 138 feet, 6 inches, and the east spire will rise to 156 feet, 3 inches when topped with the statue of angel Moroni.