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Procedural Adjustments Announced for Witnessing Ordinances

The First Presidency has announced procedural adjustments for the two individuals who serve as witnesses to living and proxy baptisms and sealing ordinances effective immediately: (1) Any member holding a current temple recommend, including a limited-use recommend, may serve as a witness to a proxy baptism. (2) Any endowed member with a current temple recommend may serve as a witness to a living or proxy sealing. (3) Any baptized member of the Church, including children and youth, may serve as a witness to the baptism of a living person.

Lisbon Portugal Temple Dedicated

The Lisbon Portugal Temple was dedicated today by Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in three dedicatory sessions held at the temple and broadcast to meetinghouses across the country. The temple is the first to be constructed in Portugal and the 166th temple in operation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Lisbon Portugal Temple Youth Devotional

Portuguese youth have been invited to a special devotional with Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to be held the evening prior to the dedication of the Lisbon Portugal Temple at the meetinghouse located on the temple grounds. The temple will be dedicated the next day on Sunday, September 15, in three sessions.

President of Portugal Visits the Lisbon Portugal Temple

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the president of Portugal, was received yesterday at the open house for the Lisbon Portugal Temple. Guests were eager to greet the president and to take photographs with him. Elder José A. Teixeira of the Presidency of the Seventy presented President Rebelo de Sousa with a bound book of his family history and a framed copy of his four-generation family line.

Lisbon Portugal Temple Tours Begin Saturday

Free information and tours of the newly completed Lisbon Portugal Temple will be made available to the public beginning Saturday, August 17, through Saturday, August 31, 2019, excluding Sundays. The temple will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Art Deco and Modern designs of the temple were inspired by star-patterned azulejo tiles found throughout Portugal. Colors include gold, blue, ochre and lavender. The exterior is clad in Portuguese Moleanos limestone. The warm-colored stone tiles are from Spain, Italy, and Turkey. Swarovski chandeliers are featured in the sealing rooms and celestial room. The etched art glass is highlighted by gold leaf accents. The 49-foot building is topped by a 134-foot spire and angel Moroni statue.

Lisbon Portugal Temple Open House Begins Next Week

While the public open house begins today for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple, the first temple in Haiti, the open house is ready to begin next week for the Lisbon Portugal Temple, the first temple in Portugal. Members are thrilled to share these beautiful new building with their friends and family in the coming days.

Open House Tickets Available for the Lisbon Portugal Temple

Free reservations are being accepted for the public open house of the Lisbon Portugal Temple, which begins on Saturday, August 17, and continues through Saturday, August 31, 2019, except for Sundays, August 18 and 25. When the temple is dedicated on Sunday, September 15, it will become the 14th temple constructed on the European continent.

Exquisitely Lit Lisbon Portugal Temple

The modern lighting system installed at the Lisbon Portugal Temple accentuates the architectural elements of the sacred structure and its grounds in spectacular ways including the monument sign, water features, cornices, gold plating, walkways, and trees. Preparations are well underway for next month's public open house.

Lisbon Portugal Temple Water Feature

With construction wrapping up at the Lisbon Portugal Temple, the multi-streamed water feature has gone into operation. Colorful flowers add splashes of the white, yellow, and red to a backdrop of dark green foliage. The gold-accented temple and adjoining meetinghouse will be open for tours next month.

Furnishing the Lisbon Portugal Temple

Many of the members looking forward to the completion of the Lisbon Portugal Temple are accepting a call made on Facebook to fast and pray for the temple furnishings to be released from customs so that the installation will be completed by the July 1 deadline. The public open house is scheduled to begin in just over seven weeks on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

Lighting the Exterior of the Lisbon Portugal Temple

The exterior lighting system for the Lisbon Portugal Temple has been installed, and nighttime lighting is underway, creating a dazzling spectacle for motorists and passers-by traveling Avenida Dom João II. Finish work continues inside the temple while landscaping efforts continue outside the temple.

More Trees Planted at the Lisbon Portugal Temple

Landscapers are busily planting trees across the grounds of the Lisbon Portugal Temple, filling in the green space between the temple and meetinghouse. Retaining walls and planter boxes are being clad in stone including the wall surrounding the monument sign. Ornate entrance doors have been installed, accented in gold details.

Monument Sign Installed at Lisbon Portugal Temple

Three stones inscribed with the name of the Church and the name of the temple have been attached to the concrete sign holder incorporated into the retaining wall system around the Lisbon Portugal Temple. Landscaping and interior finish work continues. The public will be invited to tour the new facility at an open house beginning in three months.

Trees Planted Around the Lisbon Portugal Temple

Landscaping efforts at the Lisbon Portugal Temple complex have reached the grounds immediately surrounding the temple where magnolia, pine, and palm trees are being planted along the temple walls. Soft landscaping around the meetinghouse and parking area has been established for several months.

Seeking Volunteers for the Lisbon Portugal Temple Open House

Numerous volunteer opportunities are available for the open house and dedication of the Lisbon Portugal Temple. If you would be willing to assist, please register as a volunteer. The open house will be held August 17–31, 2019. And the temple will be dedicated on Sunday, September 15, 2019.

Lisbon Portugal Temple Exterior Completed

The work of cladding the exterior of the Lisbon Portugal Temple is finished, and the sacred structure is more beautiful than ever. All of the scaffolding has been dismantled, giving a clear view of the glossy stone, decorative art glass, and gold accents. Construction of the temple will be completed this summer with an open house slated for August 2019.

Scaffolding Removed from Lisbon Portugal Temple Spire

The striking gold spire of the Lisbon Portugal Temple is on full display with the recent removal of scaffolding that surrounded the tower. Beautifully patterned art glass has been installed in the window openings, and landscaping has been largely completed around meetinghouse and parking area. The temple will open to the public in August.

Open House and Dedication Announced for the Lisbon Portugal Temple

The Lisbon Portugal Temple will open to the public for free tours of the interior beginning Saturday, August 17, and concluding Saturday, August 31, 2019, excluding Sundays. Tickets will be made available a few weeks before the open house begins. The dedication will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2019. A youth devotional with senior Church leaders will be held the evening before the dedication on September 14, 2019.

Concrete Slab Poured for Monument Sign in Lisbon

More concrete is being poured at the Lisbon Portugal Temple grounds including the concrete slab that will hold the monument sign, located at the southeast corner of the temple. On the north side of the building, concrete landscaping walls are appearing along with irrigation and electrical lines to create beautiful gardens.

Angel Moroni Installed Atop the Lisbon Portugal Temple

The gold-plated spire of the Lisbon Portugal Temple was adorned yesterday by a gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni. Elder Joaquim Moreira, a member of the Seventy, said on the occasion: "This is an exciting day for Portugal. The angel Moroni reminds us that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to Earth."

Turning the Lisbon Portugal Temple Spire Gold

The skeletal framework for the spire of the Lisbon Portugal Temple is being clad in gold-colored panels. The shiny cladding will complement the gold-leafed angel Moroni statue that will stand atop the spire. Work continues on the grounds around the meetinghouse where shrubs are being added to the planter boxes.

A Glimpse of the Holiness to the Lord Stone in Lisbon

The Holiness to the Lord inscription stone can be seen above the main entrance to the Lisbon Portugal Temple. Cladding of the exterior is largely finished and will allow for more scaffolding to come down in the near future.

Trees Planted at the Lisbon Portugal Temple Grounds

A flowerbed located next to the parking area at the Lisbon Portugal Temple has been beautified with the addition of trees and shrubs over a dark mulch. Trees have also been planted at the rear of the property near the railroad tracks. The beautiful white exterior of the on-site meetinghouse has been completed.

Stone Cladding Visible at Lisbon Portugal Temple

Scaffolding has been removed from the north side of the Lisbon Portugal Temple, revealing the beautiful stone cladding that will encase the entire building. At the meetinghouse, the exterior is nearly completed and laborers have begun installing modern-style lamp posts around the building.

Exterior of Meetinghouse at Lisbon Portugal Temple Site

The crisp white exterior of the meetinghouse standing next to the Lisbon Portugal Temple is nearing completion. Scaffolding around the base of the detached spire will soon be removed, and work on the grounds will move forward. Stone cladding of the exterior walls of the temple continues.

New Lamp Posts at the Lisbon Portugal Temple Site

Lamp posts are appearing around the meetinghouse at the Lisbon Portugal Temple site, adding to the beauty and safety of the grounds that surround the building. The modern light fixtures complement the design aesthetic of the buildings and of the surrounding buildings.

Stone Cladding Progress at the Lisbon Portugal Temple

Stone cladding continues to be attached to the exterior walls of the Lisbon Portugal Temple. Work started on the north side of the building and is now wrapping around the rear to the south side.

A Unique View of the Lisbon Portugal Temple

New photographs of the Lisbon Portugal Temple taken from a nearby high-rise building captures the holy structure in its urban setting. Lisbon is home to over half a million people, anchoring a metropolitan area of nearly three million people. The temple will serve Latter-day Saints throughout the entire country.

Preparing for Steeple Pour at the Lisbon Portugal Temple

A stack of scaffolding has been set in place above the entrance to the Lisbon Portugal Temple as crews prepare to pour the mid-section walls of the steeple. Window openings have been framed and concrete forms set. A beautiful gold spire will eventually stand atop this section

Lisbon Portugal Temple Steeple Walls

The first section of walls for the steeple base of the Lisbon Portugal Temple has been poured, and rebar has been set for the narrower section that will rise above it. The elegant structure will feature a window-filled middle section topped by a gold-leafed spire and angel Moroni statue.