Bern Switzerland Temple

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Bern Switzerland Temple
Temple mormon Berne.JPG
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Dedication 11 September 1955 (11 September 1955) by
David O. McKay
Site 7 acres (2.8 hectares)
Floor area 39,063 sq ft (3,629 m2)
Height 140 ft (43 m)
Preceded by Idaho Falls Idaho Temple
Followed by Los Angeles California Temple
Official websiteNews & images

Coordinates: 47°0′7.891200″N 7°27′29.67839″E / 47.00219200000°N 7.4582439972°E / 47.00219200000; 7.4582439972

The Bern Switzerland Temple (formerly the Swiss Temple) is a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Though the building is located in Münchenbuchsee, its postal address is assigned to the neighboring municipality of Zollikofen. It was the first LDS temple to be built in Europe and the first to be built outside of the United States and Canada.

The 7-acre (2.8 ha) lot was selected in July 1952 by LDS Church president David O. McKay and Samuel E. Bringhurst, then president of the Swiss-Austrian Mission. The architects were Edward O. Anderson and Wilhelm Zimmer. Groundbreaking and dedication of the lot were performed by David O. McKay on 5 August 1953. He dedicated the temple on 11 September 1955. The temple was known as the "Swiss Temple" until the current naming convention for temples was adopted in the late 1990s.

The Bern Switzerland temple has four ordinance rooms, seven sealing rooms, and a total floor area of 35,546 square feet (3,302.3 m2).

The presentation of the Endowment was particularly challenging in this temple, because it was the first international one, requiring many different languages for its attendants. It was solved by using a film, dubbed in all required languages. Gordon B. Hinckley supervised the initial making of this film and was the person responsible for transporting the film to Switzerland.[1] Since then all new temples have been equipped with recordings in lieu of live presentations by temple workers. Today, only the Manti Utah Temple and the Salt Lake Temple use live presentation instead of film.

After complete renewal of the interior, the temple was rededicated by Gordon B. Hinckley on 23 October 1992.

In connection with the fiftieth anniversary of its dedication, a 4 metres (13 ft) tall statue of the angel Moroni was erected on top of the tower on 7 September 2005.

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  1. ^ Dew, Sheri L. (1996), Go Forward with Faith: A Biography of Gordon B. Hinckley, Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, p. [page needed], ISBN 1573451657, OCLC 35364667 

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