Elder Erich W. Kopischke of the Seventy and president of the church's Europe Area, said the Rome Italy Temple will be the 12th such edifice in Europe. And plans for a 13th temple on the continent in Lisbon, Portugal, were recently announced.
"The Lord is covering Europe with temples and there is good reason for that: The people of Europe need the blessings of the restored gospel and the covenants and blessings of the temple," he said.
Bern Switzerland Temple President Raimondo Castellani, the first Italian to preside over a temple, also offered remarks at Saturday's event.
President Monson was in no hurry to leave following the groundbreaking ceremony. He spent several minutes enjoying light-hearted conversation with all who approached and shook hands with scores of Italian members and their guests.
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