Dedicated 27–29 October 1983
by Gordon B. Hinckley
Thanks be to Thee, O God our Eternal Father, Thou mighty Elohim to whom we come in prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, Thy Beloved Son and our Redeemer.
Our hearts are filled with gratitude as we are assembled together in this sacred house on this day of dedication. We thank Thee, dear Father, for all who have gone before us to make this occasion possible. We look back with appreciation to the Prophet Joseph Smith to whom Thou didst reveal Thyself with Thy Son, and who became the instrument in Thy hands in the opening of this the dispensation of the fulness of times. It was to him that Thou didst reveal the need for and the purpose of such temples as we dedicate this day. While he was yet alive and while the Saints were yet in Nauvoo he was inspired to call the first missionaries to these beautiful Society Islands of the Pacific. From their dedicated labors in those early years there came a great harvest.
Since that time there have been seasons of prosperity and seasons when problems were many and the harvest was lean. But through all of these years Thy work has grown as with faith Thy servants have labored among the Tahitian people and found those who have been touched by Thy Spirit and who have come into the fold of the Church. There is now strength and maturity among the many Thousands of the saints of French Polynesia, for which we express gratitude unto Thee. As a capstone to all of this effort we now have this beautiful and sacred house to present unto Thee.
In the authority of the holy priesthood in us vested, and in the name of Thy Beloved Son Jesus Christ, we dedicate unto Thee and unto Him this the Papeete Tahiti Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We dedicate the ground on which it stands, and the building in all of its parts and facilities, as well as the ancillary structures related thereto. We dedicate it as the house of the Lord with holiness unto Thee, to be used by Thy worthy saints to assist in bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of Thy sons and daughters.
Wilt Thou accept it, dear Father, as the gift of Thy thankful children. Wilt Thou and Thy Son feel free to visit it as seemeth Thee good, and may the presence of Thy Holy Spirit be felt here at all times by all who enter its sacred portals.
May it be holy to Thy people, a sanctuary of peace from the noise and the conflicts of the world, and a house in which they may labor for eternal blessings for themselves and for those who have passed beyond the veil of death.
We ask that Thou wilt preserve it as Thy house. May it be protected by Thy power from any who would defile it. May it stand against the winds and the rains that beat upon it. May it be beautiful to all who see it, and sacred to all who enter it. Bless those who shall preside here now and through the years to come, and bless all who shall serve in administering the ordinances of this Thy house.
We pray for those who govern these islands, that they may be guided by Thy Spirit to conduct the affairs of government in such a way that those who live here may rejoice in the privileges afforded them, and may the government and the people of these beautiful islands always be hospitable to Thine appointed servants. May Thy work flourish here, and become ever stronger. Smile upon Thy faithful saints and prosper them as they walk in righteousness before Thee.
Father, we pray for Thy work in all the earth. Bless Thy covenant people everywhere. We pray for those who serve as missionaries in Polynesia and throughout the world. Sustain them, inspire them, and lead them to those who prayerfully look for eternal truth. We pray for Thy people who walk in faith and obedience wherever they may be found. Reward their faith and prosper their labors.
Father, we unite our faith in behalf of Thy prophet, Spencer W. Kimball. He it was, as Thine ordained servant, who determined that this temple should be built. Extend his life and give him joy according to Thy great design. Thy people throughout the earth love him and pray for him.
Bless his associates of the General Authorities of the Church and inspire and direct them in all of their sacred undertakings. Magnify Thy servants who have place and responsibility in Thy work in Tahiti.
Bring to naught the evil designs of any who seek to embarrass them or plot injury to Thy Church and kingdom.
Now, as Thy sons and daughters, and as Thy saints in these latter days, we dedicate this Thy holy house and rededicate ourselves to Thy service and the accomplishment of Thy eternal purposes.
O God, accept our thanks and hear our prayer, we ask in the name of Thy Beloved Son, our Savior, the Great Messiah, even the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.
Rededicated 12 November 2006
by L. Tom Perry
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. We come unto Thee in reverence as we meet to rededicate this, the Papeete Tahiti Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This temple was first dedicated 23 years ago. It has served well the Saints of these islands of Tahiti. Thousands have participated in the ordinances in the house of the Lord in their own behalf and in behalf of those beyond the veil. Their faith in Thine eternal purposes has been strengthened as they have done so.
Now Thy house has been renovated and added to. It has been redecorated and made more attractive. It thus becomes necessary that it be rededicated.
Accordingly, dear Father, acting in the authority of the holy priesthood, and in the name of Jesus Christ, we rededicate and reconsecrate this, the Papeete Tahiti Temple, unto Thee and Thy Beloved Son.
Wilt Thou accept it as our gift unto Thee. Wilt Thou be constrained to visit it. Wilt Thy Holy Spirit dwell here at all times. Safeguard it from any destructive hand. May all who enter its portals be worthy in every respect. Safeguard it from the storms of nature, and let it stand as a haven of peace and security.
We are deeply grateful for the revealed truth concerning temples and temple work which came to the Prophet Joseph Smith, under which those beyond the veil may enjoy the same eternal blessings as the living.
We are thankful for the spirit of hospitality of those who govern these islands and who have made it possible for Thy servants to labor here and build the kingdom of God in this area of the world.
We thank Thee for the faithful Saints throughout the world who have given of their tithes to make possible what has been done here and to carry forward the program of Thy Church over the earth.
Bless, we pray Thee, the president and matron of this temple, together with the counselors in the presidency and the assistants to the matron. Grant them strength and energy to carry forward the rigorous program incident to the operation of this, Thy holy house.
We remember before Thee Thine appointed leaders in Thy Church and kingdom. Strengthen them. Bless them. Add to their days and qualify them for the work which is expected of them.
Now, again, we invoke Thy watch care over this, Thy holy house. May Thine own eye, the all-seeing eye of the Lord, look upon this structure and preserve it and hallow it for the sacred purposes for which it has been constructed.
For these things, and for all others that we should remember before Thee, we humbly pray, in the sacred and holy name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.