The Kensington Temple will reopen to the public for the first time in almost 50 years
Annapolis, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today joined world leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to kick off the Washington, D.C. Temple Open House in Kensington.
“Since 1974, this temple with its beautiful towering spiers has been an iconic landmark in the Maryland skyline along the Capital Beltway and has been a beacon of hope for the more than 40,000 Marylanders who are members of church,” Governor Hogan said. “Congratulations to all the leaders for this wonderful celebration of faith, community and brotherhood.”
This week marks the first time the Temple, the third largest of its kind in the world, has been open to members of the press and the public in nearly 50 years. First completed in 1974, it is the church’s 16th operating temple and the first built on the East Coast.
In 2015, the Hogan administration pledged to work with the church to promote volunteerism and service by asking Marylanders to choose at least one day a year to volunteer with a local organization. . Last year, the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives announced that it would become a year-round Just Serve initiative.
Starting April 28, visitors from around the world are expected for an open house that has been extended until June 11, with the official rededication of the temple taking place on August 14. Information for the open house is available at https://dctemple .org/