Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be built in Dubai
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be built in Dubai, next to the Expo City Dubai pedestrian area. It’s worth recalling that its construction was originally announced for 2020, prior to the World Expo 2020.
The new temple is expected to host marriage and child baptism ceremonies. Currently, the Mormon community in the UAE has 2,000 members, who gather for weekly prayers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Some have moved to the UAE since the 1970s.
Parishioners in the UAE are served by five bishops. There are around 16 million followers of the faith worldwide. The temple will be built in response to a proposal by UAE authorities and will be the first Mormon temple in the Middle East.
It will symbolise the spirit of religious tolerance and unity forged in the country, which is home to 200 nationalities. There are a total of 168 Mormon temples in the world.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a religious organisation of Restorationist origin, the largest branch of Mormonism. The main office of the church is in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Its parishes and temples exist in many countries around the world, including Kyiv, Ukraine. The church considers itself to be the restored early Christian church, founded personally by Jesus Christ, which disappeared as a result of the great apostasy that followed shortly after the death of the apostles of Christ.
Its members regard faith in Jesus Christ and redemption as the cornerstone of their religion. The organization has an open canon, which includes four sacred texts: the Bible (Old and New Testament), the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.
Source: The National
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