Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and everyone in the Church has a favorite temple. All of them are beautiful, and each of the temples are designed uniquely for the area’s culture and environment. Here are some of the favorites.
Opening in 2000, it is the 82nd operating temple. It is nestled in a valley near the Andes Mountains. Just a few miles southeast of the temple is El Cristo de la Concordia, the largest statue of Christ in South America. It is one of only three temples that have a central tower surrounded by four smaller towers.
Opening in 2015, the Payson Utah temple is the 146th in operation. It opened for temple work on June 9th of this year. It is the 15th temple in Utah and the third in Utah County. A mile from the 800th exit on I-15, it is located on a gentle, rising slope affording people a mountain view.
Announced in 2008, but the dedication taking place in 2012, the Calgary Alberta temple is the 140th operating temple. It is the eighth temple in Canada and the third temple in Alberta. Access to the temple is greatly helped by the LRT at the Tuscany C-Train station. The temple offers a panoramic view of the city.
Dedicated in 2001, it is the 107th operating temple. It is the third temple built in Washington. Its exterior has stone of Bethel white granite from Vermont and Italy.
Announced in 2004, and the dedication taking place in 2009, it is the 129th temple in operation. It is located on top of a high ridge, offering an awe inspiring view of the Salt Lake Valley. It is the 12th temple in Utah. Miraculously, a fire had burned down the studio in which the temple windows were being stored, however, only one portion of one window was damaged, even though the studio itself was burned so badly it was condemned.
Announced in 1915, and then dedicated in 1919, with two more rededications in 1978 and 2010, the Laie Temple is the fifth operating temple, and the first outside of the continental United States. It also stands adjacent to the BYU-Hawaii campus. There was a chapel actually standing where the temple was to be, so it had to be moved using an elaborate system.
Announced in 1967 with the original dedication taking place in 1972 and then a re-dedication in 2014, it is the 14th operating temple. The temple occupies an entire city block in Ogden. On the lot with the temple is the historic Ogden Tabernacle, built in 1956 and is the last tabernacle to be built by the Church. The temple is the fifth in Utah and was the first to be dedicated in the state of Utah rather than the territory of Utah.
Dedicated in 2008, it is the 127th operating temple. Located on a lush hillside, the temple overlooks the famous Panama Canal. It is the third temple in Central America. President Thomas S. Monson’s trip to dedicate the temple was the first time he had been in Panama.
Announced in 2001 and then dedicated in 2006, the Sacramento temple is the 123rd temple in operation. It overlooks Lake Natoma and the property the temple is located on also overlooks the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It was the seventh temple built in California. The temple was originally planned for a larger building similar to the Saint Louis Temple, but plans were changed so it was more similar to the Redlands California Temple.
Dedicated in 2002, the Snowflake temple is the 108th operating temple. It is also the second temple built in Arizona following the Mesa Arizona Temple. It is also a sister building to the Winter Quarters Temple. The temple is situated on top of a bluff on the west side of town. It does not share property to another church building, but it is near a golf course.
Is your favorite temple among the ones listed?