Overview

The Gilbert Arizona Temple was the fourth temple built in Arizona, following the Mesa Arizona Temple (1927), the Snowflake Arizona Temple (2002), and The Gila Valley Arizona Temple (2010).

During the month-long public open house of the Gilbert Arizona Temple, 407,020 guests toured the facility. Local media covered the event including a 30-minute prime-time special produced by one news station.

President Thomas S. Monson presided at the dedication of the Gilbert Arizona Temple, but at his request, the prayer in the first dedicatory session was offered by President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency.

Temple History

On May 15, 2012, hundreds of spectators gathered to the Gilbert Arizona Temple to witness the raising of the gold-leafed angel Moroni statue atop the single central spire. Numerous students, who attend a grade school across the street from the temple, gathered in the school parking lot that day with their families. As Moroni began his flight, a large group of middle school students created a spiritually poignant moment as they broke into song, singing the Primary favorite I Love to See the Temple.1


Groundbreaking Ceremony On Saturday, November 13, 2010, Elder Claudio R. M. Costa of the Presidency of the Seventy presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Gilbert Arizona Temple where thousands crowded on site to witness the first ceremonial shovelfuls of dirt. The temple is expected to be completed in approximately two years.

Temple District

Maricopa County (Southeast)

  1. Chandler Arizona Stake
  2. Chandler Arizona East Stake
  3. Chandler Arizona South Stake
  4. Chandler Arizona West Stake
  5. Gilbert Arizona Stake
  6. Gilbert Arizona Gateway Stake
  7. Gilbert Arizona Greenfield Stake
  8. Gilbert Arizona Highland East Stake
  9. Gilbert Arizona Highland West Stake
  10. Gilbert Arizona Higley Stake
  11. Gilbert Arizona San Tan Stake
  12. Gilbert Arizona Seville Stake
  13. Gilbert Arizona Stapley Stake
  14. Gilbert Arizona Superstition Springs Stake
  15. Gilbert Arizona Val Vista Stake
  16. Gilbert Arizona Williams Field Stake
  17. Gilbert Arizona YSA Stake
  18. Mesa Arizona Alma Stake
  19. Mesa Arizona Boulder Creek Stake
  20. Mesa Arizona Desert Ridge Stake
  21. Mesa Arizona Eastmark Stake
  22. Queen Creek Arizona Stake
  23. Queen Creek Arizona Central Stake
  24. Queen Creek Arizona East Stake
  25. Queen Creek Arizona North Stake
  26. Queen Creek Arizona Ocotillo Stake
  27. Queen Creek Arizona South Stake
  28. Queen Creek Arizona West Stake
  29. Tempe Arizona South Stake
  30. Tempe Arizona West Stake

Pinal County Stakes

  1. Casa Grande Arizona Stake
  2. Maricopa Arizona Stake
  3. San Tan Valley Arizona Stake
  4. San Tan Valley Arizona North Stake

Presidents

Notable presidents of the temple include:


Access

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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Gilbert Arizona Temple

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On May 15, 2012, hundreds of spectators gathered to the Gilbert Arizona Temple to witness the raising of the gold-leafed angel Moroni statue atop the single central spire. Numerous students, who attend a grade school across the street from the temple, gathered in the school parking lot that day with their families. As Moroni began his flight, a large group of middle school students created a spiritually poignant moment as they broke into song, singing the Primary favorite I Love to See the Temple.

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