Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

94th operating temple; closed for renovation; work begun on stone cladding the exterior walls
Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

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10339 Highland Road
Baton Rouge, Louisiana  70810
United States


NO clothing rental available
NO cafeteria available
NO patron housing available
NO distribution center nearby


14 October 1998

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

8 May 1999 by Monte J. Brough

Public Open House: 

1–8 July 2000


16 July 2000 by Gordon B. Hinckley


6.3 acres

Exterior Finish: 

Imperial Danby White marble from Vermont

Ordinance Rooms: 

Two ordinance rooms (two-stage progressive) and two sealing

Total Floor Area: 

10,700 square feet

Temple Renovation

The Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple closed on January 28, 2018, for extensive renovation. The renovation will be followed by a public open house and rededication ceremony. During the closure, temple patrons will be accommodated at temples located in neighboring states.

Temple Facts

The Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple was the first temple built in Louisiana.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Elder Monte J. Brough of the Seventy and president of the North America Southeast Area presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple. During his remarks, Elder Brough said that the greatest revelation of the latter days was Joseph Smith's first vision. "This experience allowed Joseph to have actual knowledge of the Father and the Son," he said. Elder Brough further explained that all men must come to know the only true God and His Son Jesus Christ. That is the purpose of temples, he affirmed. "It is a process whereby we come to know Jesus Christ because we act as saviors, in a modest sense, to bring to those who have not had a chance across this earth and those who lived prior to our time the opportunity to hear the gospel, to accept the gospel and to be members of Heavenly Father's Church."1

Elder Brough also spoke of the revelation on September 21, 1823, when the Angel Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith and quoted Malachi: "The hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers." Elder Brough indicated that the dramatically increased interest in family history research, rapidly changing technology and dozens of temples currently being constructed across the earth are fulfilment of Malachi's prophecy. "Last year, " he said, "the Family History Department filmed in many different countries, gathering millions of names. At current rates, we have collected enough names to keep the temples busy for a long time," he said. "We really have no excuse."2

  1. Strawn, Karen, and Gayle Smith, "2,000 attend ceremony for Louisiana's first temple," Church News 17 Feb. 2001: 3.
  2. Smith 3.