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The Gilbert Arizona Temple is a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), in the town of Gilbert, Arizona. The announcement of the temple on April 26, 2008 came concurrently with the Gila Valley Arizona Temple and were the first new temples announced after Thomas S. Monson assumed responsibilities as LDS Church president.[6][7][8] It is the 142nd temple of the LDS Church.

Gilbert Arizona Temple
Image from the day the temple was dedicated
Image from the day the temple was dedicated
Number 142 edit data
Dedicated March 2, 2014 (March 2, 2014) by
Henry B. Eyring & Thomas S. Monson
Site 21 acres (8.5 hectares)
Floor area 83,000 sq ft (7,700 m2)
Height 195 ft (59 m)
Preceded by Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple
Followed by Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple
Official websiteNews & images

Coordinates: 33°17′29.0″N 111°44′14.5″W / 33.291389°N 111.737361°W / 33.291389; -111.737361

The temple is near the intersection of Pecos and Greenfield roads in a rapidly growing part of the southeast Phoenix metropolitan area. The temple was built in response to the high concentration of church members in the area and will help ease the load on the nearby Mesa Arizona Temple.[9]

The Gilbert town council gave unanimous approval to requested zoning changes in a meeting on September 29, 2009. Key among the requests was an allowance to build to a height of 85 feet, higher than the existing restriction at 45 feet. The temple's planned 180-foot-tall (55 m) steeple did not require an exemption, as the town does not restrict the height of steeples. While not providing a specific timeframe for construction, an anticipated completion within three years was repeated at the meeting.[10]

Claudio R. M. Costa presided at a groundbreaking ceremony on November 13, 2010,[11][12][2] with completion of the temple expected to take approximately two years. During construction a trailer at the site served as a visitors' center, greeting guests and answering questions.[13] A public open house was held from January 18 to February 15, 2014.[4] The temple was formally dedicated on March 2, 2014 by Henry B. Eyring and Monson.[5]

Like all LDS temples, the temple in Gilbert was built and dedicated as a "refuge from the storms of life and the noise of the world" for church members.[14]

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  1. ^ "Two new temples: Gilbert, Gila Valley". Church News. April 26, 2008. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Satterfield, Rick, "Gilbert Arizona Temple", LDSChurchTemples.com, retrieved March 3, 2014
  3. ^ Greene, Katherine (September 3, 2009), "Panel paves way for new Mormon temple in Gilbert", The Arizona Republic, retrieved November 2, 2012
  4. ^ a b "Public Invited to Tour Gilbert Arizona Temple", Newsroom, LDS Church, October 21, 2013
  5. ^ a b "Church Dedicates 142nd Temple", Newsroom [MormonNewsroom.org], LDS Church, March 2, 2014
  6. ^ Branom, Mike (April 27, 2008). "New Mormon temple slated for Gilbert". East Valley Tribune. Archived from the original on April 29, 2008. Retrieved April 28, 2008.
  7. ^ Green, Katherine (August 6, 2009). "Gilbert begins process for approving new LDS temple". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved August 6, 2009.
  8. ^ Green, Katherine (September 3, 2009). "Panel paves way for new Mormon temple in Gilbert". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved September 30, 2009.
  9. ^ "LDS Church announces two new temples in Arizona.", The Salt Lake Tribune, April 27, 2008, retrieved November 2, 2012
  10. ^ Beard Rau, Alia (September 30, 2009). "Gilbert Council OKs Mormon temple zoning changes". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved September 30, 2009.
  11. ^ Leavitt, Parker (November 2, 2010). "Gilbert Days Parade, LDS temple groundbreaking land on same day". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved December 19, 2010.
  12. ^ "Gilbert Arizona Temple Groundbreaking". Church News and Events. LDS Church. November 13, 2010. Retrieved December 19, 2010.
  13. ^ Ruelas, Richard (October 12, 2012), "Side by side: Mormonism in Arizona", Arizona Republic
  14. ^ Avant, Gerry. "Gilbert Arizona Temple Dedicated as a “Sanctuary of Serenity."" LDS.org 2 March 2014. Last accessed 17 April 2016.

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