Mesa Arizona Temple
7th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; virtually completed; public open house and rededication to be announced when large public gatherings deemed safe; estimated to be completed in early to mid-2021
Closed for Renovation
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Address101 South LeSueur
Mesa, Arizona 85204-1031
Telephone: (+1) 480-833-1211
ServicesClothing rental available
Cafeteria food served
NO patron housing available
Distribution center nearby (Store Locator)
Announcement:3 October 1919
Site Dedication:28 November 1921 by Heber J. Grant
Groundbreaking:25 April 1922 by Heber J. Grant
Public Open House:Tours offered during the last two years of construction
Dedication:23–26 October 1927 by Heber J. Grant
Public Open House:19 March–3 April 1975
Rededication:15–16 April 1975 by Spencer W. Kimball
Exterior Finish:Concrete reinforced with 130 tons of steel. Exterior is faced with glazed egg-shell colored terra cotta tiles
Ordinance Rooms:Four instruction rooms (four-stage progressive), six sealing rooms, and one baptistry
Total Floor Area:113,916 square feet
On May 19, 2018, the Mesa Arizona Temple closed for extensive renovation that will be followed by a public open house and rededication ceremony. During the closure, temple patrons will be accommodated at the Phoenix Arizona Temple and the Gilbert Arizona Temple. The renovations will include:
- Exterior maintenance including new roofing and drainage systems
- Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC upgrades
- Interior improvements consistent with the historical character of the building
- Replacement of the furniture and finishes
- Preservation and augmentation of the historic murals
- Replacement of the windows consistent with the originals
- Major renovation of the grounds that preserves shade trees, replaces the reflection pools, introduces new garden spaces, and better accommodates the Easter Pageant
- Demolition of the current visitors' center and construction of a new visitors' center and FamilySearch center across the street
Located just east of the original Mesa Townsite—settled by pioneers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—the Mesa Arizona Temple anchors a historic district, which has predominantly retained its residential character. A public visitors' center shares the meticulously manicured grounds of the temple, which feature a cactus garden and large reflection pools. The Easter season brings thousands of guests to the temple grounds every year to watch Jesus the Christ, the largest annual outdoor Easter pageant in the world. At Christmas time, the grounds are converted to an exquisite Nativity display accented by hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights.
The Mesa Arizona Temple was the first temple built in Arizona.
The Mesa Arizona Temple was the first temple to present the endowment in a language other than English. (The first non-English session was presented in Spanish in 1945.)
The Mesa Arizona Temple was the first temple to reopen to the public for an open house prior to a rededication.
The Mesa Arizona Temple was originally named the Arizona Temple.
The presentation of the endowment was originally delivered by live acting in the Mesa Arizona Temple.
Before the Mesa Arizona Temple was constructed, Arizona members performed temple ordinances in the St. George Utah Temple. Because of the numerous bridal parties that traveled the wagon road between St. George and Arizona, the well-trod path became known as the Honeymoon Trail.
The architects chosen for the Mesa Arizona Temple had recently designed the Utah Capitol Building.
Carved friezes decorate each corner of the top of the temple, depicting the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy that the Lord would gather His people in the last days from the four corners of the earth.
Instead of a formal open house, tours were offered during the last two years of construction of the Mesa Arizona Temple to any interested visitors.
For many years, the Mesa Arizona Temple was known as the "Lamanite Temple," as it was the destination of annual temple excursions for Hispanic and Native American members of the Church, especially the Mexican Saints.
The Mesa Arizona Temple features beautiful hand-painted murals on the walls of its progressive-style ordinance rooms: Creation Room, Garden Room, World Room, and Terrestrial Room (no murals). They are designed around a grand staircase leading to the Celestial Room, which occupies the highest level of the temple.
The Mesa Arizona Temple is one of only six temples where patrons progress through four ordinance rooms before passing into the Celestial Room. (The other five temples are the Laie Hawaii Temple, the Cardston Alberta Temple, the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, the Los Angeles California Temple, and the Nauvoo Illinois Temple.)
The Mesa Arizona Temple was closed in February 1974, for extensive remodeling that equipped the Creation, Garden, and World Rooms for single-room film presentation of the endowment; the Terrestrial Room became a veil room. The decaying burlap murals were removed from the rooms, and the salvageable pieces were shipped to Church headquarters for preservation and storage. A new entrance and an additional 17,000 square feet were added, providing larger dressing rooms and increasing the number of sealing rooms.
In 1980, a fourth ordinance room was added by converting a space previously used by the female patrons. This allowed endowment sessions to begin every half hour.
In 1991, the preserved sections of the original murals were sent back to the Mesa Arizona Temple for reinstallation and restoration. Only one wall in each room could be restored. The new ordinance room added in 1980, which did not have a mural before, was decorated with sections from the original World Room mural.