A New Meaning for the "Eternal City"
In addition to the temple, there will be a meeting house, a visitors' center, a family history center, and housing complex. Of course, it will be constructed of marble and have beautiful frescoes inside. While I'm sure there will be people who may think it will pale in comparison to Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, I know this temple is more beautiful simply because of the saving ordinances.
This is a historic event. To have a temple in what the world deems the "center of Christianity" is a miracle. For so many years, there have been so many road blocks to getting the church into Italy and getting the country to recognize our church, our beliefs, and our members for the true value they hold. For so many years, missionaries and members have heard people say, "Well, missions to Europe are just about planting seeds" or "Don't expect people to be too open. It is Europe, after all." I never did believe that. I know the people of Italy and Europe need the gospel as much as the rest of the world and have been praying for this for decades. Having this temple here means we've finally made some progress with the people of Italy and Europe. I am so grateful for this ground breaking and all that it means to the people of Italy. Someday, I will get to this temple.
To see what President Monson had to say about this historic event, click HERE.