Rome was the center of the Western world when ancient Apostles Peter and Paul walked and taught here almost two thousand years ago. They testified of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and helped build His Church. This week, modern Apostles also walked and taught in Rome as they prepared for the dedication of the Rome Italy Temple.
Elder David A. Bednar and Elder Ronald A. Rasband, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, visited the prison where it is believed the ancient Apostles Peter and Paul were held captive after publicly sharing their witness of Jesus Christ.
Outside those prison doors, these modern-day Apostles publicly shared their witness of Jesus Christ with hundreds of thousands of people through the use of social media.
Elder Rasband said that he was honored to “witness to the world the same witness that Peter and Paul had of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Elder Bednar testified, “He is the light and life of the world, and the only source of enduring, true joy.”
“Nothing Is Done by Accident”
Reminders of and references to Jesus Christ are found throughout the new temple complex in Rome.
Speaking about the construction of temples, Elder Bednar said that everything from the artwork and architecture to the landscaping on the temple grounds is carefully designed.
“Nothing is done by accident,” he said. “Everything in the temple glorifies Him whose house it is. All we do and see in the temple bears witness of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer—the Son of God.”
His Influence Is Everywhere
This magnificent stained-glass mural in the visitors’ center of the Rome Italy Temple includes 120 references to the Savior’s life and teachings.
Apostles of Jesus Christ, no matter when they live or where they go, invite everyone to come to the Savior and find peace in Him.