Gilbert Arizona Mormon Temple
The announcement that a new temple would be constructed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Gilbert, Arizona, USA, was made on 26 April 2008. The Gilbert Mormon temple will be located at the Southeast corner of Greenfield Road and Pecos Road, Gilbert, on a 10-acre parcel of land.
The design of the temple is expected to be similar to that of the Twin Falls, Idaho temple. Discussions took place as to what sort of land use will surround the temple, since prior plans included recreational facilities not in keeping with the sacred nature of the temple. The Church prefers residential or peaceful commercial zoning.
This temple, and the one under construction in Gila Valley, are meant to take the pressure off the two temples already existing in Arizona, in Mesa and Snowflake.
Located in the fast-growing Southeast Valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area—just south of Mesa—Gilbert and its surrounding communities enjoy a high concentration of Church members, who currently attend the Mesa Arizona Temple, which serves currently serves 74 stakes throughout much of Arizona. The edifice will make the sacred ordinances of the temple more accessible to the members of these communities. There are about 380,000 Latter-day Saints in Arizona.
Site and building plans for the Gilbert Arizona Temple went before the Town of Gilbert Design Review Board for preliminary evaluation. Please follow this link to view an informative staff report.
The plans for the temple were revealed in June of 2010. “…the 83,000-square-foot temple will use ivory-colored stone and concrete and feature leaded-glass windows. A 195-foot spire will rise from the center of the three-story structure, capped by a gold-plated statue of a trumpeting angel, a trademark symbol of Mormon temples.” Pre-constuction began immediately after the plans were released and approved.
The groundbreaking for the temple took place on Saturday, November 13, 2010. The temple should take about two years to complete.
In mid-February 2012 the construction of the Gilbert Arizona Temple reached an exciting milestone with the installation of the spire framework, taking the temple to its full height minus the height of the angel Moroni statue, which will cap the spire.
The public is invited to visit the temple during an open house from Saturday, 18 January 2014, through Saturday, 15 February 2014, excluding Sundays. Free reservations for the open house which can only be made through the www.gilbertmormontemple.org website began on Monday, 30 December 2013. Those who have registered to attend are asked to bring a copy of their online confirmation.
The temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, 2 March 2014, in three sessions. In conjunction with the dedication of the temple, there will also be a cultural celebration featuring music and dance on Saturday, 1 March 2014. Once dedicated, the Gilbert Temple will be the 142nd operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ worldwide. The Gilbert Arizona Temple is the largest temple built by The Church of Jesus Christ in 17 years. It is among four temples in Arizona. The other three temples are located in Mesa, Snowflake and the Gila Valley. A fifth temple, located in Phoenix, is under construction and a sixth temple has been announced for Tucson.
More information: LDS Church Temples.com