“Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God” (D&C 88:119).
The Denver temple, the 40th operating temple and first one built in Colorado, was dedicated on October 24, 1986. Part of the dedicatory prayer included the following pleas: “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… 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… 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 blessings 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…” (footnote: Bird, Twila. Build Unto My Holy Name: The Story of the Denver Temple. Denver: Denver Colorado Area Public Communications Council, 1987. Print.)
Additional reading: “A Temple-Motivated People”