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Columbia South Carolina Temple

62nd dedicated temple in operation
Columbia South Carolina Temple

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2905 Trotter Rd
Hopkins, South Carolina  29061-9573
United States
Telephone:  (+1) 803-647-9472


NO clothing rental available
NO cafeteria food served
NO patron housing available
Distribution center nearby (Store Locator)


11 September 1998

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

5 December 1998 by Gordon T. Watts

Public Open House: 

30 September–9 October 1999


16–17 October 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley


3.6 acres  |  1.5 hectares

Exterior Finish: 

Imperial Danby White variegated marble quarried from Vermont

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


307 feet  |  94 meters

Temple Facts

The Columbia South Carolina Temple was the first temple built in South Carolina.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Columbia South Carolina Temple was held on the same day as the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hermosillo Sonora Mexico Temple.

During the ten-day open house for the Columbia South Carolina Temple, nearly 20,000 visitors toured the interior of the building.

Temple History

Emmanual Masters Murphy, baptized in Tennessee, is believed to be the first member of the Church in South Carolina. When the first missionary arrived in November 1839, he was surprised to find people already prepared for baptism, having been fellowshipped by the Murphys. Reportedly, Murphy later visited Joseph Smith in Carthage Jail shortly before the martyrdom. The Prophet recounted his prophecy that war that would soon commence in South Carolina and urged Murphy to return to warn the citizens there.1

The temple is located in a beautifully wooded neighborhood in southeastern Columbia, South Carolina's capital. The lovely residential area is scattered with well-kept homes and churches. Native loblolly pine and oak surround the temple, which is landscaped with crape myrtle, large holly, mums, and dogwood trees, reflecting the area's natural flora.2

At the temple open house, Deputy Chief of Staff Michael LeFever attended in place of Governor James Hodges, who was busy assessing damage caused by Hurricane Floyd. The deputy chief, whose daughter took piano lessons from a Church member, said he would look at a picture of the temple in the home while waiting for his daughter. He noted the family's growing excitement and never dreamed he would eventually get a VIP tour of the building. The governor wrote a personal letter, which the deputy chief read, commending Church members for their hard work in making the temple a reality.3

The morning of their scheduled dedication session, Mark and Judy Wilcox of the Hendersonville Ward, Asheville North Carolina Stake, learned that their son, Brad, had been killed the previous evening in a car accident. Sister Wilcox, who was to sing at the dedication that day, chose to sing as planned after she and her husband received priesthood blessings. The Wilcoxes found a great deal of comfort in the words directed to them by President Gordon B. Hinckley about the Plan of Salvation and the teachings of the temple.4

  1. Gerry Avant, ed. "Worldwide Church: United States of America: South Carolina," 2004 Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Morning News, 2004) 228–229.
  2. R. Scott Loyd, "New temple in a 'place of history,'" Church News 23 Oct. 1999: 3.
  3. Linda Franklin-Moore, "South Carolina temple opens for tours," Church News 2 Oct. 1999: 7.
  4. Loyd 3.

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