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Meridian Idaho Temple

158th dedicated temple in operation
Meridian Idaho Temple

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Address

7355 North Linder Road
Meridian, Idaho
United States
Telephone:  (+1) 208-957-7300

Services

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

Announcement: 

2 April 2011

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

23 August 2014 by David A. Bednar

Public Open House: 

21 October–11 November 2017

Dedication: 

19 November 2017 by Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Site: 

15.73 acres  |  6.4 hectares

Exterior Finish: 

Precast concrete

Architectural Features: 

Single attached central tower and octagonal dome with an angel Moroni statue

Ordinance Rooms: 

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

Total Floor Area: 

67,331 square feet  |  6,255 square meters

Temple History

The Meridian Idaho Temple was the fifth temple built in the state of Idaho, following the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple (1945), the Boise Idaho Temple (1984), the Rexburg Idaho Temple (2008), and the Twin Falls Idaho Temple (2008).

The Meridian Idaho Temple was announced during the Saturday Morning Session of the 181st Annual General Conference on April 2, 2011. Meridian was the third largest city and the fastest-growing city in the state with a 115 percent increase in population from 2000 to 2010. During this time of rapid expansion, three additional stakes were organized in Meridian and four more in the surrounding communities of Nampa (the second largest city in the state), Kuna, and Middleton. It is located about 11 miles west of the capital city of Boise (the largest city in the state).1

On May 14, 2013, the official rendering of the Meridian Idaho Temple and site plan were released to the public in conjunction with a neighborhood meeting held as part of the government approval process.2 The design was a departure from the traditional towers and steeples of other temples, reminiscent of the Cardston Alberta Temple—the faith's first temple to be designed without a steeple or spire, though the Laie Hawaii Temple (based on the Cardston design) was dedicated earlier. The multi-level temple would be topped with a beautiful gold dome-like structure supporting a gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni.

On August 8, 2013, the Ada County Planning and Zoning Commission approved the application for conditional use, master site plan, hillside development, private road, property boundary adjustment, landscaping, lighting, and signage approval for the Meridian Idaho Temple, an adjoining meetinghouse, and a utility building. The public hearing, which lasted four and a half hours, drew standing-room-only crowds and culminated in a 3-2 vote in favor of the plans with a restriction that nighttime lighting be limited to ground level after 10:00 p.m. The hearing first began on July 11, but it was tabled until the next meeting so that additional visuals representing the bulk, mass, and height of the temple as seen from the west and southwest could be produced.

On October 23, 2013, following a four-hour public hearing, the Ada County commissioners voted 2-0 to uphold the approval granted by the Planning and Zoning Commission for the Meridian Idaho Temple project. The hearing was scheduled after a resident appealed the commission's August 8 decision, saying that the temple would have an adverse impact on the continued enjoyment of her property. Nearly 60 people gave testimony, about 80 percent in favor of the temple.3

Elder David A. Bednar of The Quorum of the Twelve presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Meridian Idaho Temple on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

The angel Moroni was set atop the Meridian Idaho Temple on July 20, 2016.


  1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Church Announces New Temples in Canada, Colorado and Idaho," 2 Apr. 2011.
  2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Rendering of Meridian Idaho Temple released to the public," 14 May 2013.
  3. Cynthia Sewell, "Ada commissioners uphold Meridian LDS temple approval," Idaho Statesman, 24 Oct. 2013.

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