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Columbus Ohio Temple

Coordinates: 39°59′38.72040″N 83°6′47.57039″W / 39.9940890000°N 83.1132139972°W / 39.9940890000; -83.1132139972

Columbus Ohio Temple
April 2017
April 2017
Number 60 edit data
Dedicated September 4, 1999 (September 4, 1999) by
Gordon B. Hinckley
Site 2.2 acres (0.9 hectares)
Floor area 10,700 sq ft (990 m2)
Height 71 ft (22 m)
Preceded by Spokane Washington Temple
Followed by Bismarck North Dakota Temple
Official websiteNews & images

The Columbus Ohio Temple is the 60th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and is located in Columbus, Ohio, United States. The temple was announced by LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley during a visit to Columbus on April 25, 1998, with a groundbreaking held later that year on September 12.[2] Following completion of construction in 1999, an open house was held from August 19 to 28. The open house attracted approximately 30,000 people, including Ohio Governor Bob Taft.[3] The temple was dedicated in six sessions by Hinckley on September 4, 1999, with approximately 11,000 members attending.[4]

The temple is one of nearly 40 that uses the Small Temple Plan. The plan features a marble exterior and art glass windows with two ordinance rooms, two sealing rooms, and a total of 10,700 square feet (990 m2). The temple in Columbus was the first of thirteen announced in 1998 using the smaller plans. It was the second such temple completed, and one of nine smaller temples dedicated in 1999 out of a total of 13 dedicated that year. The statue of the angel Moroni atop the spire was originally used on the Monticello Utah Temple and was white instead of the traditional gold. In Monticello, the white proved difficult to see on cloudy days, so the statue there was replaced with a slightly larger gold leaf statue, while the white fiberglass statue was covered in gold leaf and sent to Columbus.[5]

The dedication of the Columbus Ohio Temple marked the first modern LDS temple in the state and the first since the 1836 dedication of the Kirtland Temple, the first temple built by the Latter Day Saint movement. Kirtland is located approximately 150 miles (240 km) northeast of Columbus and was the headquarters of the church for much of the 1830s. Increasing persecution and other factors led to the Kirtland Temple being mostly abandoned by 1838, after most church members moved west to Missouri, eventually relocating to Illinois in 1839 and ultimately present-day Utah in 1847. The Kirtland Temple is today a National Historic Landmark owned and operated by the Community of Christ.[2]

The Columbus Ohio Temple serves church members living in 16 stakes, covering most of Ohio, but also extending into western Pennsylvania and southwestern West Virginia. It is located on the western edge of Columbus, adjacent to Interstate 270 just north of its western junction with I-70.

2013 shootingEdit

In February 2013, a shooting took place in the temple's parking lot in which at least two people were injured.[6] According to an LDS Church spokesperson, the shooting was unrelated to the temple.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Several dozen temples, built from identical plans.
  2. ^ a b Morello, Pauline (September 19, 1998). "Columbus Ohio Temple: `Faith brought this temple'". Church News. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Stahle, Shaun (August 28, 1999). "Columbus Ohio Temple begins public open house". Church News. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  4. ^ Stahle, Shaun (September 11, 1999). "Spiritual celebration — Columbus Ohio Temple dedicated". Church News. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  5. ^ "Monticello Utah Temple". Daily Herald. April 16, 2015. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 1, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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