October 1, 2012
An Open House for the Calgary Alberta Canada Temple and a Groundbreaking in Indiana
Calgary Alberta Canada Temple To Open for Public Tours
Salt Lake City — The public is invited to tour the newly completed Calgary Alberta Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the third Mormon temple in Alberta.
The First Presidency of the Church has announced that the open house will run from 29 September through 20 October 2012, excluding Sundays and Saturday, 6 October. Free reservations for the open house can be made through the www.calgarymormontemple.org website or by calling 1-855-537-2000.
The temple is located at 9802 Rocky Ridge Road NW, which can be accessed directly south from Country Hills Boulevard NW (or east from 12 Mile Coulee Road NW to Rocky Ridge Boulevard NW). Tours, consisting of a 13-minute video presentation followed by a 40-minute walking tour through the temple, will begin at the Latter-day Saint chapel adjacent to the temple.
Following the public open house, the temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, 28 October 2012. The dedication will be preceded by a cultural celebration featuring music and dance by the youth of the Church, to be held in the Stampede Corral on the evening of 27 October
The Calgary Temple will be the 140th temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the world and the 8th in Canada. There are also temples in Cardston, Edmonton, Vancouver, Regina, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. The temple will serve approximately 25,000 Latter-day Saints in Calgary and surrounding communities from Banff in the west to Drumheller in the east.
Plans for a temple in Calgary were first announced by the First Presidency of the Church on 4 October 2008. Construction began with a formal groundbreaking on 15 May 2010, where Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Quorums of the Seventy presided.
The exterior of the three-story, 33,000-square-foot temple features gray granite from China. The building stands 35 meters tall and is crowned with a 3-meter gilded statue of the angel Moroni, who is significant to Latter-day Saints for his role in the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Groundbreaking for Indiana’s First Temple
Salt Lake City — Church and community leaders broke ground Saturday, 29 September 2012, for the Indianapolis Indiana Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The temple will be located in the city of Carmel on the southwest corner of the intersection of W116th and Spring Mill Road.
The ceremony was conducted by Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy. Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer of the Seventy also assisted, as did local Church and community leaders.
The temple was announced by Church President Thomas S. Monson in October 2010. There are currently 139 temples in operation throughout the world.
Church membership in Indiana is more than 41,000.
Latter-day Saint temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Christ's teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. In the temple, Church members learn more about the purpose of life and strengthen their commitment to serve Jesus Christ and those around them.
As more temples are built, many thousands of people have greater access to temple worship. However, many people still have to travel long distances at great expense. Donations to the Temple Patron Fund assist those who can least afford to go on what for many will be one of the most important journeys of their lifetime.