Edmonton Alberta Temple
The Saints in the Canadian province of Alberta are feeling very blessed because they now have two Mormon temples
one in Cardston and a new temple in Edmonton. “To have a temple located
here is going to bless lives in ways we really don’t even understand
yet,” said Elder Bennett. “This has literally been a fulfillment of the
hopes and dreams and aspirations of a generation that has lived and
served in Edmonton.” President Donald D. Salmon, the new temple
president, echoed Elder Bennett's sentiments when he said, "We have
become something we never thought we would become—a temple city."1
Previous to the building of the Edmonton temple many LDS couples
would move to Cardston after retirement to be near a temple. Now the
building of the Edmonton temple has changed their lives. President
Salmon and his wife had planned on moving soon, "We are staying and
many others are staying, too," he said. Some like the Merkley's are
even moving back to Edmonton, "We are coming home to family and the
temple; we can't beat that,"
said Sister Merkley. 2
The Church had a slow start in Edmonton with the first meeting
actually not held until 1933, with only 15 members present. It was not
until 1951 that the first official Mormon meetinghouse was built. Now
the new temple will serve about 15,700 members in the area. Many
members expect the Mormon temple
to bring even greater growth to the church; among them is Stake
President LeRoy Rollins who said about the new temple, "I imagined it.
I worked toward it. I knew we would have a temple in Edmonton, it had
to be. It marks a status we have not had before. It will cause even
greater growth in this city." 3
President Salmon also believes that the new temple will unite
members in the area. "The temple gives us the association with all
members," he explained, "We are coming together to work and serve." 4
Within temples members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints perform their own saving ordinances, serve the Lord, and those
who have died through proxy work. They perform sealings, baptisms, and
endowment services for themselves and those who did not have a chance
to perform the ordinances while living.
The exterior of the Edmonton Alberta temple is white granite and has
a single spire topped by a statue of the angel Moroni. The
groundbreaking services were held on 27 February 1999. Before the
dedication of the Mormon temple a public open house was held similar to the open house for the Manhattan temple.
President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the temple on 11-12 December 1999.
During the dedicatory prayer President Hinckley prayed for the
nation of Canada saying, “Let Thy providence be felt in this great
nation of Canada, that it shall continue to be a land where Thy sons
and daughters enjoy the precious boon of freedom of assembly and
worship… Bless those who govern that they shall look with favor upon
Thy people, and may Thy work grow in numbers, in majesty, and in
strength in this good land.” 5
For more information about Mormon temples visit the sites below:
Mormanity: Mormon Temples and "Secrecy"
History of Mormon Temples
LDS (Mormon) Temple resources
LDS Temples - Mormon Temples - Salt Lake Temple
Teachings About Mormon Temples
BBC - Religion & Ethics - Mormon Temples
Manhattan Mormon Temple
New York City.com : Arts & Attractions ...
Mormon Temple: Information From Answers.com
(1) “News of the Church,” Ensign, Mar. 2000, 74
(2) 18 December 1999, Church News.
(3) 18 December 1999, Church News.
(4) 18 December 1999, Church News.
(5) “News of the Church,” Ensign, Mar. 2000, 74
Edmonton Alberta Temple is the 67th operating temple of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The temple has approximately 10,925
square feet of floor space and includes a celestial room, two ordinance
rooms seating 40 people in each room, two sealing rooms and a
baptistry. The exterior is white granite stone with art glass windows.
The lone spire is topped by a gold statue of the angel Moroni
||Plans for the temple were
announced 11 August 1998 by the First Presidency of the Church.
Groundbreaking services were held on 27 February 1999. A public open
house will be held Friday and Saturday, 3-4 December 1999. The temple
will be formally dedicated Saturday and Sunday, 11-12 December 1999. |
||The temple is considered
a "house of the Lord" where the Savior’s teachings are reaffirmed
through marriage, baptism and other sacred ordinances focusing on the
eternal potential of family relationships. |
||The temple is in the
community of Edmonton, Alberta. Its mailing address is 14325 53rd
Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6H 5G6, Canada. |
||The temple will primarily serve nearly 15,700 members of the Church in Alberta.
Edmonton Alberta Temple
“News of the Church,” Ensign, Mar. 2000, 74
Canada’s 5th and the Church’s 67th operating temple
was dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley in seven sessions held
11–12 December. “Let Thy providence be felt in this great nation of
Canada, that it shall continue to be a land where Thy sons and
daughters enjoy the precious boon of freedom of assembly and worship,”
said President Hinckley in his dedicatory prayer. “Bless those who
govern that they shall look with favor upon Thy people, and may Thy
work grow in numbers, in majesty, and in strength in this good land.”
“To have a temple located here is going to bless lives in
ways we really don’t even understand yet,” said Elder Bennett. “This
has literally been a fulfillment of the hopes and dreams and
aspirations of a generation that has lived and served in Edmonton.”
Quoting Doctrine and Covenants 109:22 [D&C 109:22]
in his dedicatory prayer, President Hinckley said, “May ‘thy servants …
go forth from this house armed with thy power, and that thy name may be
upon them, and thy glory be round about them, and thine angels have
charge over them.’ ”
14325 53rd Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Site: 1 acre.
Exterior Finish: Light gray granite veneer quarried in Quebec.
Temple Design: Classic modern, single-spire design.
Number of Rooms: Two ordinance rooms and two sealing.
Total Floor Area: 10,700 square feet.
ANNOUNCEMENT: 11 August 1998
GROUNDBREAKING AND SITE DEDICATION: 27 February 1999, by Yoshihiko Kikuchi
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE: 3–7 December 1999
DEDICATION: 11–12 December 1999, by Gordon B. Hinckley