LDS Church announces Meridian Idaho Temple open house dates

Monday , October 16, 2017 - 12:59 PM1 comment

CASIE FORBES, Standard-Examiner staff

The Meridian Idaho Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Boise, Idaho, is hosting an open house of the new 67,331-square-foot temple beginning Oct. 21 through Nov. 11, 2017, excluding Sundays.

The Meridian Idaho Temple is the Church’s 158th operating temple around the world and will serve more than 60,000 Latter-day Saints in 16 stakes in the greater Boise area, including a few stakes in eastern Oregon, according to a press release issued by the LDS Church Monday morning. 

“It's on a bluff that overlooks the Boise River; It's just a beautiful setting,” said Tom Lindhardt, project manager of the temple, in the press release. “As you look to the views of the north and the east, you start to see the foothills of the Sawtooth Mountains.”

As part of the open house and dedication activities, 6,000 youth will participate in a cultural celebration honoring Idaho and Church history Nov. 18 at the Taco Bell Arena at Boise State University

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“It’s an opportunity to feel the beautiful peace of this temple, the spirit of the temple,” Lindhardt said in the release. “People of all faiths will enjoy their visit to the open house.”

Lindhardt said the Sawtooths and other mountains in the area influenced the temple’s design, which had its beginnings when he visited the temple site on a rainy March day more than five years ago, according to the release. The temple is located in an agricultural area settled by descendants of Mormon colonizers.

“It was just a hay field,” Lindhardt said. “(The temple has) kind of a unique shape and design. … It doesn't have the traditional tall spires of a lot of the Latter-day Saint temples.”

The temple’s dome has an octagonal shape.

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“It has a titanium shingle in it that changes color depending on the sunlight, kind of from a brown to a gold to a tan,” Lindhardt added. “The design motifs that you'll see throughout the temple are the camas flower and the Syringa flower. You'll see them in the exterior precast throughout the site and on the building itself. They're carved into the carpets in the sealing rooms and in the celestial rooms.”

The Syringa is the state flower of Idaho.

The temple will be dedicated Nov. 19 in sessions at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. and will be broadcast to members of the church at meeting houses in Idaho and within the temple district. 

Reservations for complimentary open house tickets are available online at www.TempleOpenHouse.lds.org. 

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The Meridian Idaho Temple was announced by Church President Thomas S. Monson at the Church’s April 2011 general conference, and ground was broken for the temple on Aug. 23, 2014, according to the release.

Lindhardt said the temple announcement was a welcomed surprise to residents.

“I think it caught a lot of them off guard with the Boise [Idaho] Temple already in the valley, just a little over 12 miles away,” Lindhart said. “I don't think they expected to have another temple so close and in their vicinity.”

This will be the Church’s fifth temple in the Gem State, with others located in Boise, Rexburg, Twin Falls and Idaho Falls. A sixth temple, in Pocatello, has also been announced, according to the release.

There are about 426,000 Latter-day Saints in Idaho. 

The Meridian Idaho Temple is located at 7345 North Linder Road, a few blocks north of the intersection of North Linder Road and Chinden Boulevard.

Reach audience engagement reporter Casie Forbes at 801-625-4227 or cforbes@standard.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @CasieAForbes or Facebook.com/CasieAForbes.

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