Overview

The Birmingham Alabama Temple was the first temple built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alabama. It's exterior features Imperial Danby White Marble quarried in Vermont.

Located north of Birmingham in the beautiful suburb of Gardendale, this temple sits on a tree-covered hillside just east of I-65. The grounds of the temple are handsomely landscaped, featuring numerous mature trees and shrubs. At Christmastime, Nativity-themed statues are added to the lawn and floodlighted at night.

On the day of the groundbreaking ceremony for the Birmingham Alabama Temple, hundreds of members came early and sat patiently in the rain, awaiting the proceedings to begin. The Birmingham Alabama Temple opened to the public for a week before its dedication; 21,134 visitors toured the building.

The day before the Birmingham Alabama Temple dedication, Elder David B. Haight was presented with a cake to celebrate his 94th birthday. Elder and Sister Haight celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary the day after the dedication.

In 2008, the Birmingham Alabama Temple was selected for a beautification award from the City of Gardendale for its attractive grounds.

History

Temple presidents

Notable temple presidents have included:

Temple District

Alabama

# LDS # Title Found Date Temple District 1st president Notes Status

West Florida

Florida

Stakes

# LDS # Title Found Date Temple District 1st president Notes Status
001 2151 Fort Walton Beach Florida Stake 07 Jan 1996 Birmingham Charles E. Atkinson Jr.
002 0486 Pensacola Florida Stake 15 Jun 1969 Birmingham S. Elroy Stapleton

Access

Template:Main article Temple access is available to church members who hold a current temple recommend, as is the case with all operating Latter-day Saints temples. An adjacent visitors center is open to the public. An LDS Church meetinghouse is across the street on the East, which is also open to the public.


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Birmingham Alabama Temple

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Alabama's only temple, the Birmingham Alabama Temple is located north of Birmingham, resting on a tree-covered hillside just east of I-65. The grounds of the temple are handsomely landscaped, featuring numerous mature trees and shrubs. At Christmastime, Nativity-themed statues are added to the lawn and floodlighted at night.

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