Address13710 E 40th Ave
Spokane, Washington 99206
Telephone: (+1) 509-926-2824
Announcement:13 August 1998
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:10 October 1998 by F. Melvin Hammond
Public Open House:6–14 August 1999
Dedication:21–23 August 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Site:2 acres | 0.8 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:10,700 square feet | 994 square meters
Elevation:2,023 feet | 617 meters
The Spokane Washington Temple was the second temple built in the state of Washington, following the Seattle Washington Temple (1980).
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Spokane Washington Temple was held on the same day as the groundbreaking ceremony for the Detroit Michigan Temple, marking the first time that groundbreaking ceremonies were held on the same day.
Brother Rush Hashid, a truck driver from Albuquerque, New Mexico, transported the statue of the angel Moroni, the oxen, and baptismal font to the temple site in April 1999. He had not been aware, however, of the nature of his cargo until he arrived. Temple historian Mark Bickley, records: "Brother Hashie was so overcome with emotion when he learned what his cargo was that he went to the grove of trees just east of the temple and cried."1
In March 2009, nearly a decade after its dedication, the Spokane Washington Temple received a new angel Moroni statue atop its spire. Instead of facing east as the original statue did, this statue was positioned facing west—the same orientation as the temple.
On August 22, 2009, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Spokane Washington Temple, members of the Spokane Washington East Stake ensured that every seat in every session was filled the entire day.
- Julie Dockstader, "Amid rays of sunshine, 59th temple dedicated," Church News 28 Aug. 1999: 3.