Palmyra New York Temple

The Palmyra New York Temple is the 77th operating temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Palmyra New York Temple
Palmyra Temple as seen from the Sacred Grove
DedicationApril 6, 2000, by Gordon B. Hinckley
Site5 acres (2.0 ha)
Floor area10,900 sq ft (1,010 m2)
Height71 ft (22 m)
Official websiteNews & images
Church chronology

Louisville Kentucky Temple

Palmyra New York Temple

Fresno California Temple
Additional information
AnnouncedFebruary 21, 1999
GroundbreakingMay 25, 1999, by Gordon B. Hinckley
Open houseMarch 25, 2000 – April 1, 2000
Designed byDave A. Richards; Church A&E Services
LocationPalmyra and Manchester, New York, U.S.
Geographic coordinates43°2′20.09039″N 77°14′12.80040″W / 43.0389139972°N 77.2368890000°W / 43.0389139972; -77.2368890000
Exterior finishBethel White granite
Temple designClassic modern, single spire
Ordinance rooms2 (two-stage progressive rooms)
Sealing rooms2
Clothing rentalNot available
Visitors' centerYes

The site for the Palmyra New York Temple, atop a wooded hill in pastoral western New York, is in an area prominent in the early history of the Latter Day Saint movement. Nearby is the grove of trees known as the Sacred Grove in which the founder and first prophet of the church, Joseph Smith, reported having a vision in which he saw God the Father and Jesus Christ, an event known as the First Vision. The temple grounds, on the border between the towns of Manchester and Palmyra, are also on the grounds of the original Smith Family Farm. The church itself was organized thirty miles away in Fayette, New York in 1830.


At the groundbreaking ceremony, held May 25, 1999, LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley commented on the area's rich history, saying that it was in that locale that Mormonism truly began. Hinckley also marveled at how much the church had grown since its founding in 1830.

Local reaction to the new temple was positive[1] and more than 30,700 visitors toured the new temple before its dedication. The temple serves about 18,000 members within seven stakes. The Palmyra New York Temple was dedicated on April 6, 2000, the 170th anniversary of the organization of the church.[2] While only about 1,200 members attended the dedicatory sessions within the temple itself nearly 1.5 million members took part through media broadcasts throughout the United States and Canada.

The Palmyra New York Temple has a total of 10,700 square feet (990 m2), two ordinance rooms, and two sealing rooms. The exterior is white marble. Forty art glass windows inside the temple depict local events in LDS Church history. A gold statue of the angel Moroni tops the single spire. Ornate carved cherry wood railings, wainscoting, and moldings line the halls, along with hand-sculpted carpeting.

In 2020, the Palmyra New York Temple was closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.[3]


See alsoEdit

Temples in the North Eastern United States
Red = Operating
Blue = Under construction
Yellow = Announced
Black = Temporarily Closed edit


  1. ^ Stahle, Shaun (April 1, 2000), "Community interest reflects enthusiasm for Palmyra temple", Church News
  2. ^ Dobbin, Ben (April 7, 2000). "Marking Sacred Ground". Syracuse Post Standard. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  3. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "All Latter-day Saint temples to close due to coronavirus", The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 March 2020. Retrieved on 28 March 2020.

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