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Bismarck North Dakota Temple

61st dedicated temple in operation
Bismarck North Dakota Temple

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2930 Cody Dr
Bismarck, North Dakota  58503-0116
United States
Telephone:  (+1) 701-258-9590


NO visitors' center open to the public
NO arrival center available
NO patron housing available
NO distribution center nearby (Store Locator)


29 July 1998

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

17 October 1998 by Kenneth Johnson

Public Open House: 

10–11 September 1999


19 September 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley


1.6 acres  |  0.6 hectares

Exterior Finish: 

Granite veneer from Québec

Architectural Features: 

Single attached spire with an angel Moroni statue

Ordinance Rooms: 

Two instruction rooms (two-stage progressive), two sealing rooms, and one baptistry

Total Floor Area: 

10,700 square feet  |  994 square meters


1,850 feet  |  564 meters

Temple History

The Bismarck North Dakota Temple was the first temple built in the Dakotas (and in North Dakota).

Though the members of the temple district were scattered among a large region, the completion of the Bismarck North Dakota Temple brought the blessings of the temple much closer to the Saints. For example, those living in Grand Forks, North Dakota, made a 16-hour trip to attend the temple in Chicago. Members in Minot, North Dakota, drove 14 hours to Cardston, Alberta. Saints in Rapid City, South Dakota, traveled 7 hours to Denver. Robert B. Dahlgren, the temple's first president, noted that members of the district were highly dedicated and used to traveling long distances. He spoke of a retired couple who lived some distance from Bismarck who readily agreed to move to Bismarck to work in the temple full time.1

President Gordon B. Hinckley's trip to dedicate the Bismarck North Dakota Temple was his first time in North Dakota, the only state in the United States he had never visited. Having logged millions of miles of travel to most of the countries of the world, this was a welcomed trip to a state in his own country.2

  1. Dell Van Orden, "Shortening the vast distances," Church News 25 Sept. 1999: 3.
  2. Dell Van Orden, "Well-traveled president visits North Dakota for the first time ever," Church News 25 Sept. 1999: 3.