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The Rexburg Idaho Temple is the 125th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Announced in late 2003, the temple was dedicated on February 10, 2008[1] and was the first temple dedicated by Thomas S. Monson as the church's new president. The Rexburg Idaho Temple was the third LDS temple in Idaho. (Later in 2008, a fourth Idaho temple was dedicated in Twin Falls.) The temple sits south of the Brigham Young University–Idaho (BYU–Idaho) campus on the south side of Rexburg. Prior to its completion, BYU–Idaho had been the only LDS Church-owned university without a temple adjacent to its campus.

Rexburg Idaho Temple
Rexburg Idaho Temple at Sunset 2009.jpg
Number 125 edit data
Dedicated February 10, 2008 (February 10, 2008) by
Thomas S. Monson
Site 10 acres (4 hectares)
Floor area 57,504 sq ft (5,342 m2)
Height 169 ft (52 m)
Preceded by Helsinki Finland Temple
Followed by Curitiba Brazil Temple
Official websiteNews & images

Coordinates: 43°48′38.55240″N 111°46′44.71680″W / 43.8107090000°N 111.7790880000°W / 43.8107090000; -111.7790880000

The designing of this temple differs from others in that it was designed by a private firm, not the church's architectural department. This was done because the church wished it to have a fresh new look.[citation needed] The temple has two progressive endowment and five sealing rooms.[2]

On August 30, 2007, it was announced that the temple's open house would begin on December 29, 2007 and run through January 26, 2008. The dedication was to be held on February 3, 2008; however, due to the death of Gordon B. Hinckley and his funeral planned for February 2, 2008, the dedication was postponed one week and was dedicated on February 10 by Monson, the new church president.[3] Val R. Christensen was the temple's first president.[4]

The temple rests atop a hill, as does much of the city with a shield volcano nearby.


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  1. ^ Henderson, Kristi (February 10, 2008), Rexburg Temple Dedication, KPVI News 6, archived from the original on October 21, 2013, retrieved February 10, 2008
  2. ^ "Rexburg Idaho LDS Temple", Portfolio: Religious, Jacobsen Construction, archived from the original on July 13, 2012, retrieved October 16, 2012
  3. ^ "Temple dedication postponed for funeral". Deseret Morning News. January 29, 2008. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
  4. ^ "Rexburg Idaho Temple: Presidents",

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