LDS Invites Public to Tour Paris France Temple

Plans to build the temple in France were announced by President Thomas S. Monson October 1, 2011.

“We were able to start the work of the construction soon after President Monson made the announcement in conference,” said Bishop Caussé. Ground was broken August 24, 2012.

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The temple was built on more than two acres of land at 46 Boulevard Saint-Antoine in the French community of Le Chesnay. “It is [a] five-minute walk from the entrance to the gardens of the Versailles Palace,” he said.

Design teams from Salt Lake City and France worked together to ensure that the new Paris France Temple reflected the history and culture of the area. Read more on the design of the temple.

Unlike other Mormon temples, the Paris France Temple does not have an angel Moroni atop the temple. “There were some height restrictions in our neighborhood,” said Ramon Lopez Martinez, project manager of the temple project. “However, we have a Christus statue … made of stone in Italy, and it’s a great addition to our beautiful garden.”

“And to have this Christus in the garden of the temple, it’s to testify that we are a Christian church and that we believe in Christ and we know that [He] is our Savior and Redeemer,” said member Louis Marie Liebard.

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The Church in France

There are currently about 38,000 members of the Church in more than 100 congregations in France, many of them second-, third- and fourth-generation Latter-day Saints.

The first missionary arrived in 1849, and a small congregation was organized in 1850. Missionaries are now serving in two missions in the country.

“I believe that a temple brings peace, joy and love to the community, and goodness,” said Thomas Fournier, whose parents have been talking about a temple in France since they joined the Church 40 years ago. “And now we can say that France has a new castle for the King of kings.”

“Pioneers will come and they’ll say, ‘we have done it for our children,’ and our children will be able to come and worship in the temple,” said Bishop Caussé. “It’s marvelous.”

Latter-day Saint temples differ from the chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord,” where the teachings of Jesus Christ are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ceremonies that unite families for eternity.

Read more about the purpose of temples and their importance to Latter-day Saints.

Reservations to tour the Paris France Temple can be made online at templeopenhouse.lds.org.

Photos of The Paris France Temple by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Read the rest of the report and see more photos at Mormon News Room

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