Rome, Italy Temple Groundbreaking

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Rome, Italy Temple was held on October 23, 2010.

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.

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6 Responses to Rome, Italy Temple Groundbreaking

  1. Eugene Spaziani says:

    Joseph Efisio Taronto was my great grand uncle. His sister, Maria Grazia Scappatura, was my great grandmother. I’m fascinated by the Rome temple. Where exactly in the city is it being constructed?

    • Joe Toronto says:

      Hi Eugene:

      Thanks for your kind comments you left on our website. I’m very pleased to make your acquaintance. Any friend of Giuseppe’s is a friend of mine. I’m forwarding your email address by means of this email to a couple of my cousins who hopefully can give you some additional information regarding the location of the Rome Temple and perhaps some additional information. Jim Toronto recently spent three years in Sicily handling the mission affairs of our Church there. We recently met to discuss a forthcoming Toronto family organization. John’s wife has recently had some communications from some Spaziani’s, perhaps it was you. We’ll be meeting again in a few days and I trust that we’ll discuss additional ways to further develop ties to our newfound Spaziani relatives.

      Again, I’m very please to meet you and hope to meet you in person some time.

      Sincerely,

      Joe Toronto

      • Eugene Spaziani says:

        Dear Joe,
        Thanks very much for your note, keeping me informed. Yes, I’m the Spaziani in touch with John and Carolyn. It is our intention to do a comprehensive visit of Torontos in Salt Lake, once most of you are back from missions. A highlight will be visiting my great grandmother’s grave (Maria Grazia Scappatura, Giuesppe’s sister).
        In the meantime, I’d appreciate having the word spread that I’d like to know what happened to Giovanni Rafaele Scappatura (Maria Grazia’s husband). At Giuseppe’s invitation, Giovanni and family took the New Caledonia to N.Y., arriving in Salt Lake in 1877. He then disappeared from the record. Maria Grazia is listed as Head of Household in the 1880 census.
        Also, I need more information about my grandmother, Concettina Scappatura, a daughter of Maria Grazia’a who, it’s clear, did not make the trip. She was 12 at the time, and remained in Italy to marry eventually and die quite young. I thought perhaps Jim Toronto might know something.
        All the best, and eager to meet you,

        Eugene Spaziani

        • Jim Toronto says:

          Dear Eugene,
          It has been such a pleasure to make contact with another Taranto cousin and learn of your interest in family history and genealogy. I look forward to meeting you whenever you are able to come to Utah. Unfortunately, I do not know much about the Scappatura family, but am anxious to help out in any way I can. Since Concettina did not make the trip to Utah, and lived and died in Sicily, it will no doubt be necessary to contact relatives in the Palermo area to find out what, if anything, they might know about her. I would be happy to help you with contacting your Sicilian relatives and Italian translation, if you would like. Please let me know how I can be of assistance.
          Warm regards,
          Jim

  2. Maria Moody says:

    I thought you might be interested in this note I sent to Cousin Scott Miller after the last General Conference:

    Hi Scott, It is always a delight to see and hear you on the Tabernacle Choir broadcasts. We see them live here in Papeete every Sunday morning at 5:30 am on BYUTV. I like to think about the audience on the other side who also rejoice in your gift of voice, starting with your Dad and Wally & Martha.

    I asked my brother John to send me your email address so I could share this Conference insight with you —

    A Conference insight — I was quite touched today by what I felt was a “tender mercy.” After President Monson concluded his talk with references to the Rome Temple, the choir sang The Spirit of God. The first tenor voice to sing was Scott Miller. Scott is a great-great grandson of Joseph Toronto. How special to have a descendant of Giuseppe singing just after the Prophet talked about the Rome Temple. Just a coincidence? President Monson had referred to Elder Lorenzo Snow, Elder Stenhouse and Elder Toronto in his comments at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Rome Temple. Anyway I thought that was worth noting.”

    And just to keep you posted: Here is this month’s blurb for our Third Ward newspaper with a link to a new song.

    Third Ward Epistle
    July 2011

    A Musical Evening in Tahiti On Sunday, May 29
    We attended a piano recital for students who had been taught using the Church materials for developing piano skills. Our neighbor Jenny Riemer was the dedicated teacher. It was rewarding to listen to these students from Primary age up to 25 play a hymn of their choice from the book Hymns Made Easy. One student selected Testimony “to please President Moody.” We were happy to see the fruits of this program which was produced under Michael’s direction many years ago.

    Bless This Land
    Michael has composed a new song in honor of the 4th of July. Sally DeFord, a gifted musician and text writer wrote the words for this song and asked him to compose the music. Here is the link to download a copy and to read about this song: http://www.defordmusic.com/blessthisland.htm

    I continue to appreciate your website which brings Toronto Family History to Tahiti. Merci!

    With our love to you and Cindy,
    Maria Moody

  3. Kent Lott says:

    I am the publisher of the Pioneer magazine for the National Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers. This is a high quality, quarterly magazine which goes to members of the SUP and interested subscribers. For our next issue we are using as the theme Italian Mormon pioneers. We would like to obtain a short history of Joseph Toronto, about 2000 words long. Is there someone who has such a history, or who could prepare one for us?

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