The Seattle Washington Temple (formerly the Seattle Temple) is the 21st constructed and 19th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Located in the city of Bellevue, Washington, it was the first to be built in the state of Washington.[1]. The temple has a modern single-spire design. Due to its proximity to the Bellevue Airfield, the proposed height of the spire was reduced, and a red strobe warning light was installed at the base of the angel Moroni statue.[2] In 1983, the Bellevue Airfield closed, and the light was shut off.

The intention to construct the Seattle Temple was announced on November 15, 1975, and it was dedicated on November 17, 1980 by church president Spencer W. Kimball. The temple was built on 23.5 acres, has four ordinance rooms and 12 sealing rooms, and has a total floor area of 110,000 sq.ft.

Temple History

6 Mar 2020: Seattle Washington Temple Closure

The coronavirus spreading through the Puget Sound area prompted The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to close the Seattle Washington Temple on Friday and cancel its largest meetings there.

The decision was made after Washington Gov. Jay Inslee requested that no large gatherings be held. The church canceled all stake conferences and priesthood leadership councils in the Seattle area. Smaller meetings, including sacrament meetings — the weekly Sunday worship service — will continue in some areas. The greater Seattle area has 70 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 11 confirmed deaths. [3]


Temple District

The Seattle Washington Temple serves members from 34 stakes headquartered in Western Washington:

Clallam County, WA

  1. Port Angeles Washington Stake

Grays Harbor County, WA

  1. Elma Washington Stake

Island County, WA

  1. Oak Harbor Washington Stake

King County, WA

  1. Auburn Washington Stake
  2. Bellevue Washington Stake
  3. Bellevue Washington South Stake
  4. Enumclaw Washington Stake
  5. Federal Way Washington Stake
  6. Kent Washington Stake
  7. Kirkland Washington Stake
  8. Maple Valley Washington Stake
  9. Redmond Washington Stake
  10. Renton Washington Stake
  11. Seattle Washington Stake
  12. Seattle Washington North Stake
  13. Seattle Washington Shoreline Stake

Kitsap County, WA

  1. Bremerton Washington Stake
  2. Silverdale Washington Stake

Pierce County, WA

  1. Gig Harbor Washington Stake
  2. Sumner Washington Stake
  3. South Hill Washington Stake
  4. Tacoma Washington North Stake
  5. Tacoma Washington South Stake

Skagit County, WA

  1. Mount Vernon Washington Stake

Snohomish County, WA

  1. Arlington Washington Stake
  2. Bothell Washington Stake
  3. Everett Washington Stake
  4. Lynnwood Washington Stake
  5. Marysville Washington Stake
  6. Snohomish Washington Stake

Thurston County, WA

  1. Olympia Washington Stake


Temple Presidents

  1. Phillip W. McMullin 2019–
  2. John C. Ogden 2016–2019
  3. Thomas R. Olson 2013–2016
  4. Donald E. Pugh 2010–2013
  5. Galen L. Skeem 2007–2010
  6. Denzel N. Wiser 2004–2007
  7. Gordon G. Conger 2001–2004
  8. R. Paul Thompson 1998–2001
  9. K. Gary Garff 1995–1998
  10. Brent I. Nash 1992–1995
  11. Heber J. Badger 1990–1992
  12. Robert E. Jones 1987–1990
  13. Royden G. Derrick 1984–1987
  14. F. Arthur Kay 1980–1984

See Also

References

  1. LDSChurchTemples.org
  2. Temples to Dot the Earth Richard O. Cowan
  3. DeseretNews
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