“World Briefs,” Ensign, July 2011, 78
Following a weekend of cultural celebration and two Sunday sessions of rededication by President Thomas S. Monson, the Atlanta Georgia Temple opened its doors on May 3, 2011, for formal temple work to resume. In addition to President Monson, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elders Walter F. González and William R. Walker, both of the Seventy, attended the rededication.
The temple, originally dedicated in 1983, closed on June 1, 2009, for extensive renovations.
Following the deadliest outbreak of tornadoes in almost four decades, Church members in the eastern half of the United States continue to assist in the recovery efforts.
All missionaries are safe and accounted for, and so far no Church members have been reported dead or injured, although several have reported total loss of or damage to their homes. Local Church leaders continue to assess member needs and provide recommendations on assistance in affected communities.