Denver Colorado Temple
by Ezra Taft Benson
Our Eternal Father in heaven, Thou great Elohim, we come unto Thee in prayer, in the name of our Redeemer, Thy Son Jesus Christ.
We are assembled here to dedicate this Thy holy house which has been erected by Thy faithful sons and daughters for the accomplishment of Thy revealed purposes.
This is a day of rejoicing. It is a day of consecration. It is a day of thanksgiving. Our hearts overflow with gratitude as we reflect on Thy bounteous blessings. We thank Thee for the gift of Thy Son who gave His life for each of us. We thank Thee that He, the very Son of God, condescended to live among men in the flesh. We thank Thee for the everlasting gospel which He taught. We thank Thee for his supreme sacrifice in our behalf and for the redemption which He wrought for all mankind.
We thank Thee for the restoration of Thy glorious work in this "dispensation of the fullness of times." We thank Thee for the Prophet Joseph Smith, Thy chosen and ordained servant, through whom this work was revealed.
We thank Thee for the Book of Mormon, which is the keystone of our religion and was brought "forth by the gift and power of God…to the convincing of the Jew and the Gentile that Jesus is the Christ."
We thank Thee for the restoration of Thine everlasting priesthood, including the keys to bind in heaven that which is bound on earth, which keys will be exercised in this Thy holy temple.
We thank Thee for this house and for this day of its completion.
We thank Thee for the tithes of Thy faithful saints throughout the world, and for the generous offerings of Thy people in this temple district, all of which have made possible this sacred structure. We ask that Thou wilt open the windows of heaven and shower down blessings upon all who have given of their substance for this sacred purpose.
Now, acting in the authority of the holy priesthood in us vested, and in the name of Jesus Christ whose servants we are, we dedicate unto Thee this, the Denver Colorado Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Wilt Thou, O God, accept it as the gift of Thy thankful children. Wilt Thou hallow it by Thy Holy Spirit. Wilt Thou sanctify it for the sacred work here to be accomplished.
We would be pleased if Thou and Thy Son would honor it with Thy presence. It is Thy house, given unto Thee with praise and worship.
May all who come within these walls do so in cleanliness before Thee. May their hearts be lifted and their minds be elevated to consideration of things divine.
We dedicate the structure, from the footings to the top of the spire, including the figure of Moroni. We dedicate the various rooms, the sacred altars, the baptismal font, all of the fixtures, equipment and appurtenances that all may operate harmoniously for the presentation of the sacred ordinances, and for the comfort and blessing of all who shall serve here.
We dedicate the grounds on which this temple stands, together with any ancillary structures. We dedicate the gardens and fountain. May their beauty complement the beauty of this Thy house. May all who look upon them be constrained in their hearts to admire and appreciate them and to regard them with respect and reverence.
Wilt Thou, by Thy power, preserve these facilities from any act of desecration and from the violent storms of nature.
Bless the temple president and his counselors, the matron and her assistants, and all who shall serve here in any capacity. May they be faithful and true to their great and sacred responsibilities. Give them strength and direction in their consecrated service.
Touch the hearts of Thy people that they may look to this temple as a refuge from the evil and turmoil of the world. May they ever live worthy of the blessings here to be found. May they be prompted to seek the records of their forebears and to serve here in their behalf, under the plan which Thou hast revealed for the salvation and exaltation of Thy children of all generations.
Father, wilt Thou accept the service of those who will here labor in a spirit of consecration for the eternal blessing of those beyond the veil of death. May there grow and strengthen in their hearts a certain knowledge of the truth and divinity of this great work of salvation.
Prosper Thy cause in all the world. Bless him whom Thou hast called as Thy prophet, even the president of Thy Church. Uphold and magnify him before the people. Bless his counselors, and likewise the Twelve, the Seventy, and the Bishopric. Bless those who preside in stakes and wards; in missions, districts, and branches. Look with favor, dear Father, on Thy faithful saints everywhere. Bless the homes of Thy people with the presence of Thy Holy Spirit. May love and peace be found therein. Prosper and magnify for good Thy faithful saints wherever they may be throughout the world.
Incline Thy people to search the scriptures which testify of Thee and of Thy Beloved Son. Particularly may they be led to read the Book of Mormon which will bring them nearer to Thee as they partake of the great, divinely given truth to be found therein. It is another witness of the Redeemer of the world, bearing testimony of the Divine Sonship of Jesus Christ.
Bless this nation that it may be deserving of the promises spoken of by the prophets. May its leaders and its people hearken to the promptings of Thy spirit that it may be a land of peace and righteousness, and that this our homeland may be worthy of Thy protecting care.
Dear Father, we love Thee. We love our Redeemer, Thine only Begotten. Accept our thanks. Hear our prayer. Smile with favor upon us we pray in the name of Thy Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Church News 2 Nov. 1986: 5.