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Phoenix Mormon Temple Under Construction

Phoenix Mormon Temple Under Construction

In mid-March 2012, the foundation and basement walls of the Phoenix Arizona Mormon Temple neared completion.  The city of Phoenix planned to widen the road in front of the temple complex.  The project is expected to be completed in late 2013. The basement will contain the baptistery, some patron dressing rooms, temple-worker preparation, instruction and dressing rooms, and storage.  [1]  Underground plumbing at the basement level had just been started. The construction of the Phoenix Mormon Temple faced two years of protests mounted by neighbors concerned about height, lighting and traffic congestion.  An accord was reached less than a year ago, allowing construction to move forward.  A committee comprised of neighborhood representatives,  the Mormon temple president and the president of the local Mormon stake (group of congregations) meets regularly to make sure concerns are aired and addressed. Neighborhood organizer Scott Anderson, a member of the Phoenix Property Rights Coalition,... Read the rest of this article »

Latter-day Saints and Neighbors Reach Agreement

Latter-day Saints and Neighbors Reach Agreement

Emily Holmstead. The Latter-day Saint Church has reached an agreement with the neighborhood of North Phoenix. Neighbors were worried that the Mormon temple would be disruptive and cause traffic and parking issues, but those concerns were alleviated after the Church agreed to lower the steeple, turn off the lights earlier in the evening, and address traffic issues. In return, the neighbors agreed to drop their protests and plan to contest the parking issue. The groundbreaking ceremony took place peacefully on June fourth. Both neighbors and church members have agreed to work together to widen the road and get a traffic light installed on Pinnacle Peak Road for mutual convenience.      Read More →

The Phoenix Arizona Mormon Temple

The Phoenix Arizona Mormon Temple

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints usually announce plans to build new temples during sessions of the Church’s semi-annual General Conferences.   At a session of General Conference on April 26, 2008, the Church announced plans to  build a new temple in Gilbert, Arizona, and another in Gila Valley.  The only temple in Arizona at the time was the Mesa Arizona Temple, built in 1927.   About a month later, on May 24, 2008, the Church announced plans to build another temple in Phoenix. The Mesa Temple has been serving more patrons than any other temple outside of Utah.  The Phoenix Temple will help to share the load.  The original design of the Phoenix Temple was modified, due to complaints over the height of the spire.  The redesigned edifice was approved, and the groundbreaking took place on June 4, 2011.  That there would be adequate parking for patrons was another concern of people in the community, addressing those concerns set construction back for... Read the rest of this article »

Phoenix Mormon Temple Groundbreaking

Phoenix Mormon Temple Groundbreaking

Local Mormons, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and local community leaders were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Phoenix Arizona Mormon Temple.  The groundbreaking took place on Saturday, 4 June 2011. Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy presided at the ceremony. He was joined by the executive director of the Temple Department, Elder William R. Walker; Elder Michael D. Pickerd and Elder Jim L. Wright of the Seventy; and Ann M. Dibb, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency. Several community and civic leaders also attended, including Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, State Majority Leader Steve Court and the vice mayor of Phoenix, Thelda Williams. [1] The Phoenix area is home to thousands of Mormons, and the nearby Mesa Arizona Temple is filled to capacity and overflowing.  Elder Rasband said the new temple will be both “beautiful and magnificent” and will be a blessing to both the... Read the rest of this article »

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