Address6290 N Valentine Ave
Fresno, California 93711
Telephone: (+1) 559-437-9451
Announcement:8 January 1999
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:20 March 1999 by John B. Dickson
Public Open House:25 March–4 April 2000
Dedication:9 April 2000 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Site:2.34 acres | 0.9 hectares
Exterior Finish:White Sierra granite quarried in Raymond, California
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:10,850 square feet | 1,008 square meters
Elevation:319 feet | 97 meters
The Fresno California Temple was the fourth temple built in the state of California and the first built in the Central Valley of California.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Fresno California Temple was held on the same day as the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Fukuoka Japan Temple, Melbourne Australia Temple, and Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico Temple on March 20, 1999.
"From the days of the sailing of the ship Brooklyn to San Francisco Bay in 1846 and the forced march of the Mormon Battalion, California has taken a key role in the history of the Church," said Elder John B. Dickson of the Seventy and president of the North America West Area, who presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Fresno California Temple. "This is another of those great days."
Elder Dickson said that since the Church's organization in April 1830, it has begun to fill the whole earth. "We now find ourselves on the threshold of unprecedented growth and expansion," he declared.
Speaking of the Book of Mormon, he continued: "What a blessing it is to have this other testimony of the Savior amidst the unbelief of the 20th and 21st centuries. Through these scriptures we have more fully come to understand that God is our Heavenly Father, that we dwelt with Him before this earth life and that part of His plan for our happiness was that a way be prepared for us to return to Him one day….
"We have also learned that the family is the central unit in Heavenly Father's plan for His children," Elder Dickson explained. "This brings us to the purpose of our being here today, for we know not only that families are basic and important, but they can also be eternal. The building that will rise on this sacred piece of property is a building dedicated to the proposition of helping us to establish eternal families."1
- Church News, 27 Mar. 1999.