The Bismarck North Dakota Temple is the 61st operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is the first temple built in North Dakota and is located adjacent to the stake center for the Bismarck North Dakota Stake.
Though the members of the temple district are scattered among a large region, the completion of the temple brought its blessings much closer to the Saints. For example, those living in Grand Forks, North Dakota, made a 16-hour trip to attend the temple in Chicago. Members in Minot, North Dakota, drove 14 hours to Cardston, Alberta. Saints in Rapid City, South Dakota, traveled 7 hours to Denver. Robert B. Dahlgren, the temple's first president, noted that members of the district are highly dedicated and used to traveling long distances. He spoke of a retired couple who lived some distance from Bismarck who readily agreed to move to Bismarck to work in the temple full time.
President Gordon B. Hinckley's trip to dedicate the temple was his first time in North Dakota, the only state in the United States he had never visited. Having logged millions of miles of travel to most of the countries of the world, this was a welcomed trip to a state in his own country.
The Bismarck North Dakota Temple serves members from 4 stakes headquartered in North Dakota and South Dakota:
- Leo S. Schrubb 2017–
- Russell T. Osguthorpe 2014–2017
- Joel C. Smith 2011–2014
- John R. Reese 2008–2011
- Robert L. Holyoak 2005–2008
- Donovan R. Feist 2002–2005
- Robert B. Dahlgren 1999–2002