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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dedicates new temple in Africa

Latter-day Saint youth attended a special devotional Saturday prior to the dedication of the new temple in Kinshasha, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Photo: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dedicated its new temple yesterday in Kinshasha, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles traveled to Kinshasha for the dedication. He presided at the cornerstone ceremony and at the dedicatory service, offering a blessing on the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where there are now about 60,000 Latter-day Saints.

The temple was announced in 2011. It’s the 163rd operating temple in the Church, and will serve seven countries in central Africa.

The dedication was preceded by a special youth devotional in Kinshasha and tours of the new building for religious and government leaders.

Photo credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints