The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints first announced the Bentonville Arkansas Temple at the Oct. 2019 General Conference.

Now, after four years of work, the temple will open its doors to the public for an open house from June 17 to July 1. 

“The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, September 17 in two sessions (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.),” said a Church press release. “Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who lived in Arkansas for nearly 20 years in the 1980s and 1990s, will preside at the dedication.”

This will be the first temple in Arkansas.

Some of the designs in the temple have symbolism relating to the Church and Arkansas. 

“The temple is a steel-frame structure with a precast exterior,” the press release said. “The primary designs of the exterior art glass include the dogwood blossom, one of the first spring flowers in the area. Sunbursts and diamond designs are also featured, recognizing Arkansas as home to the only diamond mine in the United States. Red, yellow, and blue patterns are reminiscent of a quilt, speaking to Bentonville’s small-town American heritage. The primary tree planted on the grounds is the dogwood tree, along with other local trees and shrubs.”