Address20080 Stone Oak Pkwy
San Antonio, Texas 78258-6920
Telephone: (+1) 210-538-0034
Announcement:24 June 2001
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:29 March 2003 by H. Bruce Stucki
Public Open House:16 April–7 May 2005
Dedication:22 May 2005 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Site:5.5 acres | 2.2 hectares
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:16,800 square feet | 1,561 square meters
Elevation:1,225 feet | 374 meters
The groundbreaking ceremony for the San Antonio Texas Temple was held on the same day as the groundbreaking ceremony for the Helsinki Finland Temple on March 29, 2003.
On September 21, 2004, a 13-foot, gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was placed atop the San Antonio Texas Temple, coinciding with the 181st anniversary of the first appearance of Moroni to Joseph Smith.1
During its three-week open house period, the San Antonio Texas Temple saw more than 50,000 visitors enter its doors including missionaries of San Antonio-based Evidence Ministries. Church representatives gave a tour to these missionaries, who stood on the streets every day of the open house distributing thousands of copies of an eight-page tabloid to passing motorists. Despite Ministries' claims that the Church misrepresents its differences with traditional Christianity, the Church interacted peacefully with Ministries' missionaries, even giving them use of its meetinghouse bathrooms.2
The evening before the dedication of the San Antonio Texas Temple, 20,000 people filled the Alamodome for a cultural celebration, featuring fireworks, horses, and over 4,000 singers and dancers. The various presentations reflected on Texas history, patriotism, the importance of family values, and the story of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In promoting the celebration, producer Gary Bradley noted, "It'll make people proud, and some parts of it will make people cry." Two hours before the musical celebration began, President Gordon B. Hinckley delighted the audience with a speech focused on the temple.3
- "Angel tops Mormon temple," MySA.com 22 Sept. 2004.
- J. Michael Parker, "Mormon temple draws evangelical critics," MySA.com 7 May 2005.
- J. Michael Parker, "Mormon leader visiting S.A. for weekend events," MySA.com 20 May 2005.