'Prosper the cause of righteousness'
Following are excerpts from the dedicatory prayer for the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple given by President Gordon B. Hinckley on July 16, 2000. Full text of the dedicatory prayer can be found on the Church News Web site:
May they provide a shelter of peace from the noise and clamor of the world, a refuge in time of distress, a sanctuary where Thy sons and daughters may come to commune with Thee in sacred and solemn prayer.
Save this Thy House from the pollution of the world. May no unholy hand desecrate it or defile it in any way. May no unrighteous tongue speak out against it, but may it be looked upon by all who see it as a house that is holy unto Thee.
Protect it from the ravages of the storms that will beat upon it. Keep it ever secure and inviolate.
Bless those who labor here that they may be crowned with "glory, and honor, and priesthood, and gifts of the priesthood" (D&C 124:95). . . .
We thank Thee for this nation in which this temple stands. It was established by men whom Thou didst raise up unto this very purpose. Thou hast spoken concerning the Constitution of its government. Surely it is a choice land and a favored nation. Prosper the cause of righteousness among its people, that it may remain a land choice above all other lands "with liberty and justice for all."
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