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Open House Begins for Meridian Idaho Temple


News Release

A public open house is set to begin for the Meridian Idaho Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the suburbs of the capital city of Boise. The 67,331-square-foot temple is made of structural steel and a precast white exterior and is topped with an angel Moroni statue that stands 13 feet tall.

“It’s on a bluff that overlooks the Boise River. It’s just a beautiful setting,” said Tom Lindhardt, project manager of the temple. “As you look to the views of the north and the east, you start to see the foothills of the Sawtooth Mountains.”

Open House

Free tours of the temple will be available beginning Saturday, October 21, 2017. The open house continues through November 11, excluding Sundays. Reservations for the complimentary open house tickets are available online at

“It’s an opportunity to feel the beautiful peace of this temple, the spirit of the temple,” said Lindhardt. “People of all faiths will enjoy their visit to the open house.”

As part of the open house and dedication activities, 6,000 local youth will participate on November 18 in a cultural celebration honoring Idaho and Church history. The celebration will be held at the Taco Bell Arena on the Boise State University campus in Boise.

The temple will be dedicated the following day on Sunday, November 19, in sessions at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m. The dedication will be broadcast to members of the Church at meetinghouses in Idaho and within the temple district. In those areas the three-hour schedule of meetings will be canceled for that Sunday to enable members of the Church to participate in and focus on this sacred event.

Temple Design

“It is a house where we literally believe it is God’s house on earth,” explained Lindhardt. “That’s one of the special, unique things of the temple is it seals families forever, and families are such a central role in the gospel.”

Lindhardt said the Sawtooths and other mountains in the area influenced the temple’s design, which had its beginnings when he visited the temple site on a rainy March day more than five years ago. The temple is located in an agricultural area settled by descendants of Mormon colonizers.

“It was just a hay field,” said Lindhardt. He continued, “[The temple has] kind of a unique shape and design. … It doesn’t have the traditional tall spires of a lot of the Latter-day Saint temples.”

The temple’s dome has an octagonal shape. “It has a titanium shingle in it that changes color depending on the sunlight, kind of from a brown to a gold to a tan,” he added.

“The design motifs that you’ll see throughout the temple are the camas flower and the Syringa flower,” said Lindhardt. “You’ll see them in the exterior precast throughout the site and on the building itself. They’re carved into the carpets in the sealing rooms and in the celestial rooms.” The Syringa is the state flower of Idaho.

There are more than 100 paintings inside the temple, including 10 original pieces of art. Two original murals reflect the Idaho mountains and wilderness.

“It’s been special to me to be able to use their motifs and help them build a temple that they can just love for generations to come,” he said.

Stone used inside the temple is marble that was quarried in Egypt, Italy and Spain.

Thousands of plants and shrubs were used to landscape the temple grounds, including native conifers and hundreds of rose bushes.

Local Support

The Meridian Idaho Temple was announced by Church President Thomas S. Monson at the Church’s April 2011 general conference. Ground was broken for the temple on August 23, 2014.

Lindhardt said the temple announcement was a welcomed surprise to residents. “I think it caught a lot of them off guard with the Boise [Idaho] Temple already in the valley, just a little over 12 miles away. I don’t think they expected to have another temple so close and in their vicinity.”

Local Latter-day Saints expressed their appreciation to those building the temple by providing treats and lunches to the construction workers. “The Primary children will write notes to the workers, and that touches them more than you could imagine. And it just shows the excitement through the valley for this new temple that they get in their backyard,” he said.

This will be the Church’s fifth temple in the Gem State, with others located in Boise, Rexburg, Twin Falls and Idaho Falls. A sixth temple, in Pocatello, has also been announced.

There are about 426,000 Latter-day Saints in Idaho. The Meridian Idaho Temple will be the Church’s 158th operating temple around the world and will serve more than 60,000 Latter-day Saints in 16 stakes in the greater Boise area, including a few stakes in eastern Oregon.

The Meridian Idaho Temple is located at 7345 North Linder Road, a few blocks north of the intersection of North Linder Road and Chinden Boulevard.

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The baptismal font in the Meridian Idaho Temple. ©2017 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.




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The desert southwest inspiration for temple design

Latter-day Saints in southern Arizona are ready to welcome visitors to the Tucson Arizona Temple, which has been built among the saguaro cactus in southern Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. Complimentary tickets are now available for a public open house for the newly completed temple that will begin on Saturday, June 3, and continue through Saturday, June 24, 2017, except for the Sundays of June 4, 11 and 18.

“The temple is beautiful,” said local member Joshua Ramirez. “It’s just like a big beacon.”

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“I believe that when people come to visit the temple, they will feel something special as they visit the house of the Lord, as they come here and view the insides of this beautiful structure,” expressed member Daniel Post, who is excited the temple in Tucson has been completed.

Calvin Caldwell, project manager for the temple, explained that going to the temple is like finding an oasis in the desert. “They have that opportunity to take a deep breath and relax and all their worries kind of go away,” said Caldwell.

The design and colors inside the new 38,000-square-foot temple are influenced by the Art Deco style and reflect the green desert landscape of the American Southwest, including native plants, red cactus flowers and orange hues that represent the desert sun. Designers used the native ocotillo plant and the flower of the paddle cactus or prickly pear as inspiration for the décor, such as the art glass. Paintings feature stories of the ministry of Jesus Christ from the scriptures and desert scenery.

One of the unique features of the exterior of the Tucson Arizona Temple that sits on seven acres of land is the blue dome constructed of imported tile from Germany topped with an angel Moroni statue.

“As you notice around the valley and throughout the city, there’s multiple domes or cupolas, and we took that into our design so that it would be able to fit in and match the area itself,” said Caldwell.

“The structure itself is totally Southwestern and just is the feel of Tucson. It’s the old pueblo,” described local Latter-day Saint Lucinda Contreras. “Its unique dome [with] the beautiful blue … is representative of the sky and the beautiful colors that we have here in Tucson.”

Her 15-year-old daughter, Candace Contreras, said residents are curious about the new temple. “Now people are wondering what it is, and even my friends at school are like, ‘Hey, what’s that big building with the statue on top? Like what does that mean?’ And it gives me an opportunity to share with them what I know to be true and what it means to me.”

“I see the dome at night when they illuminate it,” said Emmanuel Vouvakis, who lives next door to the temple. “It’s very tastefully done, and the Church has done an exceptional job in building this temple.”

Vouvakis believes the temple will benefit the community. “It brings a more diverse aspect to the city,” he said.

“It’s the realization of a dream, the realization of many prayers and hopes that someday we would have a temple in Tucson,” shared lifelong resident and member Duane Bingham, whose family arrived in Tucson from Utah in 1893.

“The patrons are going to love it, and they’re going to use it,” said Caldwell.

 “It will give us the opportunity to be influenced by the Savior Jesus Christ. He is the water, and those who partake in the blessing of the temple will be filled and be quenched,” said Post.

The Church has more than 150 temples around the world where sacred ordinances such as eternal marriages and family sealings are performed, as well as baptisms for deceased family members. The 156th temple was recently dedicated in Paris.

“I’m grateful [the temple] is a place where my daughter can come and be married to her future husband, my son can come and be married to his future wife,” said member Lucinda Contreras.

A cultural celebration featuring Mormon youth will be held Saturday, August 12. The temple will be dedicated the following day, Sunday, August 13, in three sessions at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The temple dedication will be broadcast to Church members in Arizona. The three-hour block of meetings will be cancelled for that Sunday so local Latter-day Saint congregations can participate in this sacred event.

“We dedicate it to God. And in turn, we’re able to come to the temple and to feel the Spirit and to be able to feel the closeness to our Heavenly Father here in the temple,” said Lucinda Contreras.

The Tucson Arizona Temple will be the sixth in Arizona, known as the Grand Canyon State. Temples are currently operating in MesaSnowflakeThe Gila ValleyGilbert and Phoenix. There are more than 416,000 members of the Church in Arizona.

Ground for the temple was broken October 17, 2015. The temple is located at 7281 North Skyline Drive in the Catalina Foothills of Tucson. Visit to make a reservation to attend the temple open house.


Philadelphia Mormon Temple Reaches Significant Construction Milestone



The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints placed an angel Moroni statueatop the highest spire of its temple in downtown Philadelphia on December 30, 2015. This is a major milestone in the construction of the first Mormon temple in Pennsylvania.

“Mormons in our area have been watching for this visible highlight of the construction period,” said Elder Milan Kunz, an area seventy and senior Church leader for the Philadelphia region. “It indicates the temple is nearing completion and it adds a new image to the skyline of the city.”

Moroni is a prophet from the Book of Mormon, which Latter-day Saints consider scripture and a companion to the Bible for study and teaching. The statue of Moroni is not a figure of worship but rather a symbol of the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Construction plans for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple were announced in 2008, and thegroundbreaking was on September 17, 2011. It will serve around 45,000 Church members from four states. Completion is slated for the fall of 2016 and will include an adjacent church building for Sunday worship services and other congregational activities.


Currently, the closest temples for local Latter-day Saints are in New York and Washington, D.C.There are nearly 170 temples throughout the world in operation, under construction or announced.

“Once completed,” Kunz continued, “we look forward to welcoming our friends and neighbors to the public open house, which will be held over several weeks. While our meetinghouses are open to all, following the temple open house and formal dedication, the temple thereafter will be used only by members of the Church who are actively engaged in the faith, for sacred ordinances such as marriage.”

“Our temples point us to Jesus Christ,” noted Kunz. “These sacred edifices are houses of the Lord and play a key role in strengthening our faith and commitment to follow Jesus Christ and His teachings.”

Open House Begins for the Indianapolis Indiana Temple


The cultural celebration will be held Saturday, August 22, and the temple will be dedicated in three sessions on Sunday, August 23.

The cultural celebration, featuring music and dance by the youth of the Church, will be held at the Michael Carroll Track & Field Stadium on the campus of Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. Attendance at the cultural celebration is by invitation only, but media are invited to attend.

Dedicatory services will be broadcast at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. EDT to meetinghouses in the temple district. The three-hour block of meetings on August 23 will be cancelled so that Latter-day Saints can participate in the sessions.

The temple was announced by President Thomas S. Monson in October 2010, and ground was broken to begin construction September 29, 2012.

The temple will serve approximately 30,000 Mormons in Indianapolis, South Bend, Lafayette, Muncie Fort Wayne, Bloomington and Champaign, Illinois.

The temple is located in the city of Carmel, Indiana, on the southwest corner of the intersection of W116th and Spring Mill Road.

Latter-day Saint temples differ from the meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. Inside the temple, members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to serve God and their fellow man.









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