The Houston Texas Temple was the second temple built in Texas, following the Dallas Texas Temple (1984).
Also in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony was a gentleman by the name of Don Hand, the former land owner of the temple site who worked with Church officials to find the right architect for the beautifully designed temple. In the mid-1980s, when the Houston economy took a downturn, Mr. Hand was hit so hard that he feared bankruptcy. He prayed to the Lord and begged His assistance promising to pay Him back in the future. Mr. Hand was spared financial ruin.
As a developer, Mr. Hand originally purchased 2,000 acres in the area of the temple site and had painted a scene for his wife of his conception of the area's future grandeur. The land had been on the market prior to President Gordon B. Hinckley's site-selection trip to Houston, but when he visited the city it was not available. He viewed the location anyway and informed Realtor Steve Cook that it was the desired site. However, in response to Brother Cook's queries, Mr. Hand indicated, "No amount of money would interest me in selling that property."
The agent persisted and eventually discussed the intended usage of the land, to build a temple for the Church. Mr. Hand's heart softened. He remembered his promise to the Lord so many years earlier and realized that this would be the perfect opportunity to fulfill it. He agreed to sell. 
The historic flooding in Southeast Texas created by Hurricane Harvey breached the Houston Texas Temple on August 26, 2017, resulting in significant damage. Hurricane Harvey dropped a record rainfall of 52 inches in Houston in late August. The baptistry flooded to the top, and water reached waist deep in some areas of the basement. Several inches of water on the main floor ruined carpet and furniture. The temple was temporarily closed for repairs. The temple was rededicated in by Elder M. Russell Ballard on 22 April 2018.
Notable temple presidents have included:
Southeast Texas (Houston)
|#||LDS #||Title||Found Date||Temple District||1st president||Notes||Status|
|001||1818||Bay City Texas Stake||13 Oct 1991||Houston||Josepn N. Cannon Jr|
|002||0333||Beaumont Texas Stake||03 Sep 1961||Houston||Alden C. Stout|
|003||1076||College Station Texas Stake||28 Oct 1979||Houston||Hylen Lee Allphin||Formerly called Conroe Texas Stake.|
|004||xxxx||Conroe Texas Stake||30 Apr 2017||Houston|
|005||1451||Cypress Texas Stake||06 Nov 1983||Houston||Bruce A. Nelson|
|006||0843||Friendswood Texas Stake||29 May 1977||Houston||Newell K. Hill|
|007||0209||Houston Texas Stake||11 Oct 1953||Houston||Jack B. Tunnell||(Spanish speaking)|
|008||xxxx||Houston Texas Bear Creek Stake||15 Feb 2015||Houston|
|009||0456||Houston Texas East Stake||05 May 1968||Houston||Martell A. Belnap|
|010||0733||Houston Texas North Stake||16 Nov 1975||Houston||Harold E. DeLamore|
|011||1211||Houston Texas South Stake||30 Nov 1980||Houston||Leo C. Smith|
|013||2970||Houston Texas Summerwood Stake||03 Jun 2012||Houston||James C. Banks|
|014||2702||Houston Texas West Stake||08 Jan 2006||Houston||Sergio Enrique Perez||(Spanish speaking)|
|015||1834||Katy Texas Stake||01 Dec 1991||Houston||Collins W. Steward|
|016||1337||Kingwood Texas Stake||18 Apr 1982||Houston||Robert L. Ezell|
|017||2616||Klein Texas Stake||02 Nov 2003||Houston||Paul K. Oscarson|
|018||2861||League City Texas Stake||25 Oct 2009||Houston||Weldon J. Reeves|
|019||1360||Orange Texas Stake||29 Oct 1982||Houston||Bernard E. Packard|
|020||2719||Richmond Texas Stake||07 May 2005||Houston||John D. Oldroyd|
|021||2862||Spring Texas Stake||08 Nov 2009||Houston||Randy C. Tolman|
|022||xxxx||The Woodlands Texas Stake||12 Oct 2014||Houston|
|023||xxxx||Tomball Texas Stake||21 May 2017||Houston|
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.
- [ Church News, 20 June 1998]
- ChurchNews - Temple Closure
Houston Texas Temple
Houston Texas Temple is the second temple of the church for Texas. Originally dedicated in 2000, it was closed after the damaging floods of Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. It has seen been refurbished and rededicated for service to the Lord.