President Thomas S. Monson presided over the groundbreaking ceremony here for the Rome Italy Temple, imparted words of direction and love before offering a prayer of thanksgiving and dedication on the temple project. With a temple coming, the blessings of eternal family can soon be secured inside Italy, a country rich with Church history and significance. “With regard to the temple which will be built upon this site, it means everything to Latter-day Saints,” said President Monson during his remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony. “It unites families here and in eternity.
“Pres. Monson also noted that the ancient apostles Peter and Paul were missionaries in Italy and that approximately eighteen hundred years later, in 1850, Elder Lorenzo Snow and two companions, Elder Stenhouse and Elder Toronto [Giuseppe], traveled to the valleys of the Piedmont Mountains in northern Italy to begin missionary efforts in this dispensation.” Giuseppe was the first Italian and the first Catholic to join the Restored Church.