Twelve More Temples to Enter Phase 2
On Monday, September 7, twelve more temples in Australia, Fiji, the United Kingdom, and the United States will enter phase 2 of reopening, allowing for all living ordinances to be performed under strict guidelines and on a priority basis. The Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple and Hermosillo Sonora Mexico Temple will enter Phase 1, and the Mexico City Mexico Temple has re-closed until further notice, bringing the total number of temples in limited operation to 139. As of next Monday, the total number of temples in Phase 2 will be 79.
Gilbert Temple Dedication and Cultural Celebration
The Gilbert Arizona Temple was dedicated today as the 142nd operating temple of the Church. An inspiring youth cultural celebration was held the evening before under sheets of rain. President Monson and President Eyring were in attendance.
Gilbert Cultural Celebration
LDS youth throughout the East Valley are preparing for the cultural celebration that will be held this Saturday at Discovery Park in honor of the dedication of the Gilbert Arizona Temple on Sunday, March 2.
Gilbert Mormon Temple: A Rare Look Inside
An ABC 15 special that aired on January 17, entitled Gilbert Mormon Temple: A Rare Look Inside, is available as a 4-part online video—helping viewers understand the significance of the temple.
Gilbert Arizona Temple Open House to Begin
Media and VIP guests will get their first look of the interior of the Gilbert Arizona Temple starting tomorrow. The general public is invited to tour the building beginning this Saturday (view invitation video). Free tickets are required to attend.
Reservations for Gilbert Temple Open House Available on Monday
Beginning Monday, December 30, at 10:00 a.m., the online reservation system will begin offering open house tickets for interior tours of the beautiful new Gilbert Arizona Temple.
Flowers Planted at the Gilbert Arizona Temple
Planters at the Gilbert Arizona Temple are being filled with lush plants and vibrant flowers as the magnificent edifice nears completion. Tickets for the public open house will become available online beginning Monday, December 30.
Dedication of Gilbert Arizona Temple Announced
The First Presidency has announced the opening dates for the Gilbert Arizona Temple. The public will be invited to an open house beginning Saturday, January 18, and continuing through Saturday, February 15, 2014 (except Sundays). The temple will be dedicated in three sessions on Sunday, March 2, 2014.
Gilbert Meetinghouse Exterior Complete
Work has turned to the interior of the meetinghouse that stands nexts to the Gilbert Arizona Temple, as the exterior is now finished. Both buildings will be involved in the public open house that is planned before the dedication of the temple.
Landscaping Progress at the Gilbert Arizona Temple
The grounds of the Gilbert Arizona Temple continue to be alive with activity as concrete is poured, vegetation is planted, and fencing is installed. Gathering areas will be located on all four sides of the temple, which will be the venue for many Mormon weddings in the valley.
Sun Sets on the Gilbert Arizona Temple
Soft floodlighting on the exterior of the Gilbert Arizona Temple against the colorful hues of a desert sunset is creating a stunning sight at the temple grounds in the evenings. Area members are eagerly awaiting the announcement of opening dates.
Gilbert Meetinghouse Catching Up to Temple
Work is advancing rapidly on the meetinghouse next to the Gilbert Arizona Temple, which recently received the addition of its steeple. If the construction pace continues on the two buildings, opening events could be held late this year, though no official announcement has been made.
Fence Installation at the Gilbert Arizona Temple
Installation of the decorative fence around the Gilbert Arizona Temple grounds is underway as finish work proceeds inside the temple and construction advances on the adjacent meetinghouse. Members look forward with enthusiasm to the opening of these buildings in the coming months.
Beautiful Palms Frame the Gilbert Arizona Temple
A symmetrical stand of palm trees is creating a captivating view of the Gilbert Arizona Temple from the walkway leading to the entrance. Hundreds of trees are being planted on the grounds to create shade from the desert sun.
Gilbert Arizona Temple Landscaping
A wide variety of trees and shrubs is creating a shaded oasis around the Gilbert Arizona Temple. The temple will share a joint parking facility with a meetinghouse that is also under construction. The two facilities are expected to be completed late this year or early next year.
Aerial Video Posted of the Gilbert Arizona Temple
Advancements on the grounds of the Gilbert Arizona Temple are captured in a newly posted video taken from the vantage point of a hover cam. The Gilbert temple will be the second in the East Valley, joining the temple in Mesa.
Parking Lot Trees Arriving at Gilbert Arizona Temple
Dozens and dozens of trees are arriving at the Gilbert Arizona Temple site for planting in the parking lot. Due to the high heat in Arizona, tree coverage is planned for every parking space. Work continues inside the 83,000-square-foot temple and adjacent meetinghouse.
Meetinghouse Construction at the Gilbert Arizona Temple
Framing continues on the meetinghouse that is under construction next to the Gilbert Arizona Temple. The two buildings, which share a large joint parking lot, will be completed together, allowing the meetinghouse to serve as a gathering area for open house tours.
Retaining Walls Faced with Precast Concrete Panels
The landscape architecture of the Gilbert Arizona Temple complex is being beautified with the attachment of precast concrete panels—matching those on the temple—to the retaining walls that border the parking lots. The majestic temple has already claimed its position as a town landmark.
Flying High over the Gilbert Arizona Temple
On Saturday, February 2, a brightly colored hot air balloon was captured floating near the beautiful Gilbert Arizona Temple. Work is proceeding on the interior of the building, which could take the remainder of the year to complete. The temple will serve the fast-growing LDS population in the East Valley.
Gilbert Arizona Temple Update: Beautiful Blue Art Glass
Work on the Gilbert Arizona Temple is progressing steadily with the majority of the art glass window panes installed, framing for shade structures in place, work on a fence wall underway, plenty of concrete curbing poured, and numerous palm trees planted throughout the site.
Gilbert Temple Portico, Palm Trees, and Curbing Activity
At the Gilbert Arizona Temple, steel framing has been erected for the entrance portico and approximately 70 palms trees have been planted. Cement work is underway to lay the curbing, walk ways, and parking lot, which will be surrounded by beautiful landscaping elements.
Gilbert Arizona Temple Receives Beautiful Panes of Art Glass
Boarded window openings at the Gilbert Arizona Temple are transforming into beautiful blue bands as panes of decorative art glass are installed. The windows are inspired by the agave blossom motif used throughout the temple. Work also continues on the grounds where curbing has been poured and palms trees planted. The temple is expected to open next year.
Palm Trees Added to the Gilbert Arizona Temple Site
Landscaping efforts have begun at the Gilbert Arizona Temple with the planting of parallel rows of palm trees east of the temple entrance. Window installation has also begun and is progressing slowly. Another Arizona temple is under construction in nearby Phoenix.
Take a Quadcopter Ride Around the Gilbert Temple
A recently posted video on Vimeo captures the majestic Gilbert Arizona Temple from the incredible vantage point of a quadcopter. The video features smooth aerial footage, peaceful music, and a few images of the flying device itself.
Lighting Added to Gilbert Steeple
Floodlighting now illuminates the base of the Gilbert Arizona Temple steeple in the evenings. In coming weeks, the currently boarded window openings will be filled with beautiful art glass.
Angel Moroni Lifted Atop Gilbert Arizona Temple
A gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was installed atop the Gilbert Arizona Temple this afternoon. Delays were encountered due to wind, but hundreds of onlookers stayed on until catching a glimpse of the figure atop the spire (view video).
Gilbert Arizona Temple Dons New Exterior
The final panels and trimmings are being attached to the exterior of the Gilbert Arizona Temple. Installation of the gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni is anticipated in the coming days. Window openings are currently boarded and will eventually be filled with colorful art glass.
Paneling the East Side of the Gilbert Arizona Temple
The attachment of precast concrete panels to the exterior of the Gilbert Arizona Temple has been completed on the south, west, and north sides; leaving the east (or front) side, the remainder of the spire, and the portico. Once the temple is enclosed, focus will turn largely to the interior.
Adding More Pieces to the Gilbert Arizona Temple Spire
Construction cranes are hard at work at the Gilbert Arizona Temple delivering precast concrete paneling to the high reaches of the building including the base of the spire where new pieces have been set in place. Members are watching progress with excitement.