Phoenix LDS temple open for public toursPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open for free public tours beginning Friday, Oct. 10 through Saturday, Nov. 1 2014, excluding Sundays.
Reservations for the open house can be made on the http://mormontemples.org/phoenix website.
The temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, Nov. 16 2014, in three sessions. In conjunction with the dedication of the temple, there will also be a cultural event featuring music and dance on Saturday, Nov. 15 2014.
Ground was broken for the Phoenix Arizona Temple on June 4 2011. Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy presided at the ceremony and said the new building would be a “beautiful and magnificent temple” that will bless both Mormons and the Phoenix community.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and other dignitaries attended the open house for the new temple. "I have learned that the purpose of the temple is even more beautiful than the building," said Governor Brewer. "Temples are sacred places to commune with our loving God and know that we can return to His presence with our loved ones," she said.
The Phoenix Temple sits on just over five acres adjacent to an existing meetinghouse located at the intersection of Pinnacle Peak Road and 51st Avenue. It is a single-story building and has a footprint of 27,423 square feet, with a full basement and an 89-foot spire. The materials and workmanship are of the highest quality, and the grounds are created and maintained to bring a sense of peace and tranquility to those who enjoy the grounds and the surrounding community.
While the Church’s thousands of meetinghouses are open to all people who wish to attend religious services, temples, after they are formally dedicated, are open only to faithful Latter-day Saints. 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, members learn more about the purpose of life and make promises to serve Jesus Christ and their fellow man.
Once dedicated, the Phoenix Temple will be the 144th operating temple of the Church worldwide. It is one of five temples in Arizona, with others in Mesa, Snowflake, Gila Valley and, most recently, Gilbert. A sixth temple, in Tucson, has been announced.