Helsinki Finland Mormon Temple
The decision to build a Mormon Temple in Helsinki, Finland was first announced in the April 2000 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the 124th operating temple for the Mormon Church and the third in the Nordic countries—Stockholm, Sweden, and Copenhagen, Denmark, being the other two.
Worthy members of the Church have been attending the Stockholm Sweden Temple to fulfill their obligations to the Lord and to bless their lives in attending the temple. Now, they are blessed to have a temple in their midst.
Church members attend the temple to learn more about the purpose of life and to strengthen their commitment to Jesus Christ. Christ’s teachings are reiterated through marriage, baptism, and other ordinances through which families can be united for eternity.
The site chosen for the new temple, and which was approved by the city, sits northwest of downtown Helsinki on 7.5 acres, in the city of Espoo, Finland. The angel Moroni statue, along with the gleaming copper 45-meter spire, and the building exterior of Finnish light gray granite will prove to be a brilliant landmark for the country of Finland. 1
Mormon Church Relations representative, Seija Linnanen, who interacted with the workers on the Temple, was quite impressed with the respect they showed in their language and attitude toward the Mormon Temple. They refrained from smoking as well as listening to the radio, which seemed to convey that they understood and felt that the temple grounds warranted reverence and respect.
The First Presidency of the Mormon Church announced a public open house for the Helsinki Temple beginning on September 23, 2006 and ending on October 7, 2006. Though Church membership numbered only 4,500 in this Lutheran nation after 59 years of proselyting, response to the public open house of the Helsinki Finland Temple was staggering. Of the 55,633 total visitors, 5,711 submitted comment cards and 2,713 requested a Book of Mormon delivered by missionaries (LDSChurchTemples.com).
At the time of its dedication, the Helsinki Finland Temple assumed a temple district that stretched over two continents and 12 time zones, including the Baltic states and the entire country of Russia.
The Helsinki Finland Temple was the last temple dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley before his passing on Sunday, January 27, 2008. He had dedicated or rededicated 98 of the 124 operating temples of the Church.
Phone: (358) 9-849-3710
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1. Maurine Proctor, “A Temple Open House: ‘The Spirit of the Lord was upon Finland,’” Meridian Magazine 23 Oct. 2007, 4 Dec. 2007 <http://www.ldsmag.com/churchupdate/061023finlandopen.html>. –>For more information on the Mormon Church or Mormon Temples, please see the following websites:Mormon Church
2 “Ensign”; LDS magazine; June 2006