The Cardston Alberta Temple (formerly the Alberta Temple) is the eighth constructed and sixth of the still-operating temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Located in Cardston, Alberta, it is the oldest LDS temple outside the United States. It is one of eight temples that do not have an angel Moroni statue, and one of three without spires, similar to Solomon's Temple. The other two are the Laie Hawaii and Mesa Arizona temples. It is also one of only two LDS temples built in the shape of a cross, the other being the Laie temple.

The temple was announced on June 27, 1913, and was built on Temple Hill, an eight-acre plot given to the church by Charles Ora Card. The site expanded to more than Template:Convert in the mid-1950s. The granite used in building the temple was hand-hewn from quarries in Nelson, British Columbia.

Originally dedicated on August 26, 1923, by LDS Church president Heber J. Grant,[1] an addition was rededicated on July 2, 1962 by Hugh B. Brown. The first temple president was Edward J. Wood, who served from 1923 to 1948. The temple was renovated in the 1990s, and Gordon B. Hinckley rededicated it on June 22, 1991.

The temple has four ordinance rooms, five sealing rooms, and a floor area of Template:Convert.

In 1992, the temple was declared a National Historic Site, and a plaque was dedicated in 1995.[2]


Notable presidents of the temple include Edward J. Wood (1923–48); Merlin R. Lybbert (1994–97); Joseph E. Jack (1997–2000); and Heber B. Kapp (2000–03). The current president is Clark L. Hardy (2015–).

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