Idaho Falls Idaho Temple

The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple (formerly the Idaho Falls Temple) is the tenth constructed and eighth operating temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Located in the city of Idaho Falls, Idaho, it was the church's first temple built in Idaho, and the first built with a modern single-spire design.[2]

Idaho Falls Idaho Temple
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DedicationSeptember 23, 1945, by George Albert Smith
Site7 acres (2.8 ha)
Floor area116,250 sq ft (10,800 m2)
Height143 ft (44 m)
Official websiteNews & images
Church chronology

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Idaho Falls Idaho Temple

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Additional information
AnnouncedMarch 3, 1937
GroundbreakingDecember 19, 1939, by David Asael Smith
Open houseSeptember 15–20, 1945; April 22–May 20, 2017 (following renovations)
RededicatedJune 4, 2017, by Henry B. Eyring
Current presidentP. Michael Poston[1]
Designed byJohn Fetzer, Sr.
LocationIdaho Falls, Idaho, United States
Exterior finishConcrete
Temple designModern, center spire
Ordinance rooms4 (four-stage progressive rooms)
Sealing rooms9
Clothing rentalYes
Visitors' centerYes

Coordinates: 43°29′59.34840″N 112°2′29.39999″W / 43.4998190000°N 112.0414999972°W / 43.4998190000; -112.0414999972


The temple in Idaho Falls was announced on March 3, 1937. The building was designed by the church board of temple architects: Edward O. Anderson, Georgious Y. Cannon, Ramm Hansen, John Fetzer, Hyrum Pope, Lorenzo Snow Young. The exterior of the temple was completed in September 1941 and the interior was expected to be completed the following year. However, with World War II shortages, it delayed the completion of the temple for four more years. In spite of delays, church president George Albert Smith dedicated the Idaho Falls Temple just one month after the war ended, on September 23, 1945.[3] The temple was built on a 7-acre (2.8 ha) plot, has four ordinance rooms and nine sealing rooms, and has a total floor area of 92,177 square feet (8,563.5 m2).

In 1983 the temple was the first to receive an angel Moroni statue after its original dedication.[4]

The name of the temple was changed from the Idaho Falls Temple to the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple in 1999 when the church introduced standardized naming conventions for temples worldwide.[5]

In March 2015, the temple closed for renovations that were expected to last 18 months.[6] The renovations took nearly two years and following their completion, a public open house was held from April 22 through May 20, 2017.[7] The temple was rededicated by Henry B. Eyring on June 4, 2017.[8] The evening prior to the rededication, a youth cultural celebration, outlining the church and temple's history in the region and titled "Temple by the River Reflections" was held June 3, 2017 at Holt Arena. Approximately 11,000 youth participated in the event, which took a year of planning. The 70-minute program included costumes made with 27 miles of cloth.[9]

Temple presidentEdit

A notable president of the temple is John H. Groberg (2005–08).[10] Groberg's parents, Delbert V. and Jennie Groberg, also served as president and matron of the temple from 1975-1980.[11]

See alsoEdit

Temples in Idaho

Red = Operating
Blue = Under construction
Yellow = Announced
Black = Closed for renovation


  1. ^ "New Temple Leaders Called to Serve in 2022", Newsroom, LDS Church, October 24, 2022 [26 May 2022], retrieved October 24, 2022
  2. ^ Eaton, Nate. "LDS Church opens Idaho Falls Temple after two-year renovation project", East Idaho News, 17 April 2017. Retrieved on 17 March 2020.
  3. ^ Mays, Kenneth. "Picturing history: President George Albert Smith — historical sites, mission to London and temple dedications", Deseret News, 26 September 2018. Retrieved on 17 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Angel Moroni Statues on Temples", Newsroom, LDS Church, retrieved November 19, 2022
  5. ^ "Temples renamed to uniform guidelines". Church News. Deseret News. October 16, 1999. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  6. ^ "Two Temples Scheduled for Renovation in Germany and Idaho", Newsroom, LDS Church, December 16, 2014
  7. ^ "Inside the renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple", Provo Herald, 17 April 2017. Retrieved on 17 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Idaho's First Mormon Temple Is Rededicated: 12,000 youth participate in cultural celebration", Newsroom, LDS Church, June 4, 2017
  9. ^ "Idaho Falls Temple Cultural Celebration". Retrieved June 20, 2022.
  10. ^ "New temple presidents", Deseret News, 11 June 2005. Retrieved on 17 March 2020.
  11. ^ Toone, Trent. "'Temple by the river': Idaho Falls Temple turns 70 years old", Deseret News, 24 September 2015. Retrieved on 17 March 2020.

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