LDS temple dedicated in Barranquilla, Colombia

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Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the South American nation of Colombia have a new temple in operation in Barranquilla, according to the LDS Church.

The Barranquilla Colombia Temple was dedicated Sunday by President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency.

Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles joined Oaks in a conorstone ceremony,w here LDS Church leaders and local members filled the symbolic cornerstone with mortar.

A young boy and girl participated in that cornerstone ceremony. “These children represent the rising generation; the future leaders of the Church in Colombia," Oaks said.

This is the second LDS temple in Colombia and 161st worldwide. The Bogota Temple was finished in 1999.

The 19th temple in South America will serve approximately 35,000 LDS members in the region.

On Saturday, Oaks encouraged local youth to study The Book of Mormon.

“Reading should be first on your list of what you do each day to learn the gospel and keep the commandments," Oaks said. "The importance in the Book of Mormon is related to the testimony of Jesus Christ and His Atonement.”

“Whatever you do, keep your eyes on the temple,” Soares said. “We invite you to go to the temple and do the vicarious work for your relatives and others. We are all transformed when we go to the temple.”

Nearly 35,000 people visited the temple during a free open house November 3 through 24.

"The open house provides an opportunity for members of the community to see the inside of the temple before it is dedicated, with an explanation of what takes place in the sacred edifice," the LDS Church said in a press release.

When a temple is dedicated, it is closed to the public and open only to LDS Church members deemed worthy to enter.

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