Gilbert Arizona Temple

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Gilbert Arizona Temple
Under Construction
Construction site of the temple, on 2013-02-09.
Construction site of the temple, on 2013-02-09.
NumberTBDedit data
Announcement26 April 2008
Groundbreaking13 November 2010 by
Claudio R. M. Costa
Site21 acres (8.5 hectares)
Floor area83,000 sq ft (7,700 m2)
Height195 ft (59 m)
Official websiteNews & images
 
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Gilbert Arizona Temple
Under Construction
Construction site of the temple, on 2013-02-09.
Construction site of the temple, on 2013-02-09.
NumberTBDedit data
Announcement26 April 2008
Groundbreaking13 November 2010 by
Claudio R. M. Costa
Site21 acres (8.5 hectares)
Floor area83,000 sq ft (7,700 m2)
Height195 ft (59 m)
Official websiteNews & images

Coordinates: 33°17′29.0″N 111°44′14.5″W / 33.29139°N 111.737361°W / 33.29139; -111.737361

The Gilbert Arizona Temple is a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, being constructed in the town of Gilbert, Arizona. The announcement of the temple on April 26, 2008 came concurrently with the Gila Valley Arizona Temple, and together were the first new temples announced since Thomas S. Monson assumed responsibilities as the President of the LDS church.[4][5][6]

According to regional church spokesman Don Evans, the new temple in Gilbert will be constructed near the intersection of Pecos and Greenfield roads in a rapidly growing part of the southeast Phoenix metropolitan area. The announcement came in part as a response to the high concentration of church members in the area, one of the fastest growing member areas, and will help ease the load on the nearby Mesa Arizona Temple.[7]

The Gilbert town council gave its unanimous approval to the 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.[8]

The groundbreaking ceremony was held in 2010 on November 13 at 11:30 am (local time).[9][10][11] Completion of the temple is expected within approximately two years. During construction a trailer at the site has served as a visitors center, greeting guests and answering questions.[12]

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References

  1. ^ Two new temples: Gilbert, Gila Valley, LDS Church News, 26 April 2008, http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/51928/Two-new-temples-Gilbert-Gila-Valley.html, retrieved 2012-11-02
  2. ^ Satterfield, Rick, "Gilbert Arizona Temple", LDSChurchTemples.com, http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/gilbert/, retrieved 2012-11-02
  3. ^ Greene, Katherine (September 3, 2009), "Panel paves way for new Mormon temple in Gilbert", The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com/community/gilbert/articles/2009/09/03/20090903gr-temple0904.html, retrieved 2012-11-02
  4. ^ Branom, Mike (2008-04-27). "New Mormon temple slated for Gilbert". East Valley Tribune. Archived from the original on 2008-04-29. http://web.archive.org/web/20080429141617/http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/114955. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  5. ^ Green, Katherine (2009-08-06). "Gilbert begins process for approving new LDS temple". The Arizona Republic. http://www.azcentral.com/community/gilbert/articles/2009/08/06/20090806gr-temple0807.html#reply18070445. Retrieved 2009-08-06.
  6. ^ Green, Katherine (2009-09-03). "Panel paves way for new Mormon temple in Gilbert". The Arizona Republic. http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/09/03/20090903gr-temple0904.html. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  7. ^ "LDS Church announces two new temples in Arizona.", The Salt Lake Tribune, 2008-04-27, http://www.sltrib.com/lds/ci_9071215?source=rss, retrieved 2012-11-02
  8. ^ Beard Rau, Alia (2009-09-30). "Gilbert Council OKs Mormon temple zoning changes". The Arizona Republic. http://www.azcentral.com/community/gilbert/articles/2009/09/30/20090930gr-temple1002.html#reply18448642. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  9. ^ Leavitt, Parker (2010-11-02). "Gilbert Days Parade, LDS temple groundbreaking land on same day". The Arizona Republic. http://www.azcentral.com/community/gilbert/articles/2010/11/02/20101102gilbert-days-parade-lds-temple-big-day.html. Retrieved 2010-12-19.
  10. ^ "Gilbert Arizona Temple Groundbreaking". Church News and Events. LDS Church. 2010-11-13. http://lds.org/church/news/gilbert-arizona-temple-groundbreaking?lang=eng. Retrieved 2010-12-19.
  11. ^ Satterfield, Rick, "Gilbert Arizona Temple", LDSChurchTemples.com, http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/gilbert/, retrieved 2012-11-02
  12. ^ Ruelas, Richard (October 12, 2012), "Side by side: Mormonism in Arizona", Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com/news/azliving/articles/20120928mormonism-arizona-lds-church.html

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