News Release

Renovations Are Coming to the Stockholm Sweden Temple

The Stockholm Sweden Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will close for extensive renovations in 2023. Reconstruction is anticipated to last approximately three years. Following the remodel, the public will be invited to tour the temple during an open house. After the open house, the temple will be rededicated.

The renovated Stockholm Sweden Temple will be approximately 31,000 square feet, nearly double its current size of 16,366 square feet. It will have two endowment rooms with 40 seats each. 

The first Church of Jesus Christ missionary arrived in Sweden in 1850, and by 1860 congregations had been established throughout the country. Many Swedish members emigrated to the United States and played a pivotal role in the Church’s migration to Utah. Because of this, as well as government opposition during the first half of the 20th century, membership in Sweden stayed relatively small. By 1975, Sweden’s first stake (similar to a diocese) was organized in Stockholm. Today, there are more than 9,500 members of the Church in 40 congregations in Sweden.

The Stockholm Sweden temple, originally announced in 1981, has been in service since its dedication on July 2, 1985, by President Gordon B. Hinckley. It was the first to be constructed in Scandinavia and serves members of the Church in Sweden, Norway and Latvia.

Latter-day Saints consider each temple a house of the Lord and the most sacred places of worship on earth. Temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses (chapels). All are welcome to attend Sunday worship services and other weekday activities at local meetinghouses. The primary purpose of temples is for faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ to participate in sacred ceremonies such as marriages, which unite families forever, and proxy baptisms on behalf of deceased ancestors who did not have the opportunity to be baptized while living.

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