“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.”
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 templeopenhouse.lds.org.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
The baptismal font in the Meridian Idaho Temple. ©2017 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
If you missed the LDS General Conference – no worries, you can still read or watch any talk you would like, there are many subjects covered or just the one. Depends on how ya look at it, but believe me they’re all GREAT! 🙂
“One of the great tasks of our time — one on which our diverse faith communities should be united — is to help people understand the true meaning and purpose of marriage,” said Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at a forum on marriage in New York City.
The Mormon apostle joined Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik of the Congregation Shearith Israel in New York for the Humanum Colloquium in New York, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Rabbi Soloveichik is also director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University.
Rabbi Soloveichik commented on the importance of speaking about family in such a diverse setting. “It’s wonderful for people of one faith, facing challenges in this world, to both see old friends from another faith, and to make new friends from that faith,” he said. “That’s what makes moments like this so wonderful.”
“We are addressing a sober and serious subject,” Elder Bednar said. “In fulfilling their marriage covenant, husbands and wives perform distinct but complementary roles.”
In a time that many in society today prioritize their own desires over the needs of spouses and children, Elder Bednar stressed that marriage has divine origins.
“Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God,” said Elder Bednar, quoting from the Church’s family proclamation. “This divinely designed pattern of marriage is neither an experiment nor a sociological innovation. Rather, it is a relationship ‘central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.’”
“We are losing the basic understanding that society has a unique and profound interest in marriage because of its power to form a male-female union that is the optimal setting for the bearing and rearing of children,” he added. “In marriage and family life, we learn and grow together as God intended.”
Elder Bednar said marriage allows us to focus on and serve others. “In marriage, we live not exclusively for ourselves but for our spouses and children and posterity.”
However, Elder Bednar said many people have a secular concept of marriage. “Influenced by this increasingly pervasive ideology of self-centeredness and selfishness, too often men and women pursue relationships and marriage focused on their own needs and desires rather than on building stable marital and family relationships.”
He said today’s “skewed conception of marriage” has serious and personal consequences that can lead to heartbreak, despair and divorce. A growing number of people are giving up on marriage. “Millions of children are being born into situations where they cannot experience the true nature and purpose of marriage and stable family life.”
“All people, especially the rising generation, need a vision of the richness of family life and its potential for developing the highest and best in each of us,” Elder Bednar said.
Cardinal Dolan expressed similar sentiments. “Everybody wants to be happy,” he said. “And if married couples can show that the way God intends for us to be happy is when a man and woman give themselves to one another totally and selflessly in a love so fruitful that it becomes incarnate in a baby is the happiest way to live, if we can reclaim that luster, folks, that will show the world the sanctity of marriage as God defined it.”
Cardinal Dolan said he wants people to remember that even though the world’s view of marriage is changing, “we’re not alone in our battle to defend the sanctity of marriage. You and I believe, without any touch of arrogance at all, that God is on our side.”
The New York City gathering follows an international and interreligious symposium on the complementarity of man and woman hosted by the Catholic Church at the Vatican in November 2014. At the gathering in Rome, President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency called for a “renaissance of happy marriages.” In 2015, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke on marriage and family at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, the first time the event has been held in the United States.
Read Elder Bednar’s entire transcript.
I haven’t been on here forever because I’ve been moving. Packing and unpacking, and I’m sooo very tired of this. The positive is that we get rid of STUFF that’s been hidden, and find STUFF that we’ve been looking for, for years. So sorry fellow bloggers for being away so long, good to get back into a little action.
I have to include the other good/GREAT part of this move has been that we’re closer to my daughter and her family – the grand kids. It’s a positive boost to see, just about every other day now. Much better than once a year.
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