The Kyiv Ukraine Temple is the first in Eastern Europe and the 11th on the European continent. It will serve some 31,000 Church members living in 13 countries. For members ot The Curch of Jesu Christ of Latter-day Saints, the temple is the house of the Lord – the most sacred place on earth. They view the temple as a spiritual center where each person can feel a special closeness to God. Once a temple is dedicated, entrance is restricted to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The Kyiv Ukraine Temple was announced by Gordon B. Hinckley, the former president of the LDS Church, on 20 July, 1998. Ground was broken to begin construction on 23 June 2007. It is the 134th operating temple of the LDS Church. The formal dedication was on 29 August 2010.