WASHINGTON (7News) — Next year, for the first time in more than 45 years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will allow non-members to see the inside of the Mormon temple in Kensington, Maryland.
The temple was first opened to the public from September 17 to October 19, 1974, and more than 750,000 visitors toured the building. The temple was dedicated that November and has not been open to the public since that time.
The church first announced in February 2017 that the D.C. temple, as they refer to it, would close in March 2018 for upgrades to the mechanical systems and to get new furnishings.
On Tuesday, the church released more details about a planned "re-dedication" on June 19, 2022, and a public open house that will be held beforehand, between April 28 and June 4, 2022.
Free tickets will be made available on November 1, 2021, HERE.
An open house had been scheduled for fall 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed those plans.
Latter-day Saint temples are where faithful Mormons participate in sacred ceremonies such as marriage and the uniting of families for eternity, the church says. Temples differ from meetinghouses or chapels, where all are welcome to meet for Sunday worship service and other activities.