following dedicatory prayer was written by President Gordon B. Hinckley
and offered by President James E. Faust. The dedication took place
on April 23, 2000.
Beloved Father, Thou Great Elohim, the
Almighty God of the Universe, we bow before Thee on this historic and
sacred occasion. We are met today as Thy sons and daughters who love Thee
and who love Thy Son, to present to Thee this the Memphis Tennessee Temple
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We consecrate it and
dedicate it in the authority of the holy priesthood which Thou hast
bestowed upon us, and in the name of Thine Only Begotten, the Lord Jesus
house is sacred unto us. It has come of our love for Thee and of our love
for Thy Son. Wilt Thou accept it and bless it. We pray that Thou wilt be
pleased with it. We ask that it may ever be a sanctuary loved by Thy
Saints. May they be grateful for Thy beneficent, prospering hand upon
them, which has made possible the construction of this and many other
temples in this season of Thy work.
We love and honor the Prophet Joseph, Thy
great seer of this dispensation through whom Thou hast revealed the keys
of the everlasting priesthood which will be exercised in this holy house.
May his name ever be held in reverent remembrance by the people of Thy
Thou hast declared that The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints has been brought forth in this the
dispensation of the fulness of times, that Thy great plan of happiness may
be experienced by those now living, as well as by those beyond the veil
for whom vicarious work is done.
Magnify Thy kingdom in all the earth. May
doors now closed be opened for the on- rolling of Thy work. May the
leaders of the nations be friendly to Thy people, and may Thy Church be
established in many areas where we are unable to go at this time.
Our Beloved Father in Heaven, bless Thy
work in all the earth. Bless the faithful and shower down blessings upon
them as Thou hast promised. We pray also for those who have grown cold in
the faith. May there be a rekindling of testimony and a desire to return
to the fellowship of the faithful. May they be greeted with open arms and
be blessed in their pursuit of understanding.
We are grateful for this nation whose
Constitution and laws protect us in our worship. May these precious
liberties never be lost to the people. May they be safeguarded and kept
secure from those who would destroy the precious boon of freedom of
We pray for the temple president and his
counselors, for the matron and her assistants. Bless them with strength to
carry forward Thy great work. May it be a joyful experience for each of
them. May they be imbued with a spirit of love to reach out to all who
come to serve in this Thy house. Bless those who administer the ordinances
of the temple, and bring gladness into the hearts of the patrons.
Bless Thy servants who are responsible for
the direction of Thy work in all the world. May they ever serve together
in perfect harmony. Wilt Thou cause the spirit of revelation to come down
upon them as they struggle with the many problems with which they have to
Now Father, we thank Thee for this temple.
It is an answer to our prayers. It will enrich the lives of countless
thousands who will here seek blessings for themselves and stand as proxies
in behalf of those who have passed beyond. May hearts leap with joy, and
may smiles of satisfaction come to the faces of all who labor herein as
they carry forward Thy work of salvation and exaltation.
Dear Father, please accept of our love. And
to Thy divine Son, we likewise pledge our love and do it all as Thy
thankful children in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.