Idaho Falls Temple open house announced

Friday , April 21, 2017 - 5:00 AM

JANAE FRANCIS, Standard-Examiner Staff

IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO — Local residents wishing to tour the newly renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple in the next month are urged to reserve their tickets now.

The temple, which is 179 miles from Ogden, is one of the most well-known in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its artistic wall murals, according to the temple’s website.

An open house is set for Saturday, April 22, through May 20, except Sundays, at 1000 Memorial Drive.

Free reservations for the temple’s open house and other upcoming temple open houses may be made at tickets.lds.org. Those who attend the open houses are encouraged to arrive ahead of their scheduled time.

Parking will be provided at nearby stake centers, according to ldstemples.org. Ushers will guide visitors to available parking spaces and direct them to temple shuttles.

The temple is known for its hand-painted murals on the walls of its ordinance rooms, including the Creation Room, Garden Room, World Room and Celestial Room. A Terrestrial Room has no murals, according to the website.

Only two other temples feature full Celestial Room murals. They are the Hamilton New Zealand Temple and the Los Angeles California Temple, according to the website. The corner pillars in the Logan Temple Celestial Room portray a heavenly landscape.

Unique from many temples built today, the temple has four ordinance rooms used in a four-stage progressive endowment service, said ldstemples.org. The temple is one of only seven temples where patrons progress through four ordinance rooms before passing into the Celestial Room.

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Renovations were needed to bring the building up to code, according to the website. Also added was a separate exit for brides and grooms. A large waiting room was added for wedding parties.

The design of the temple was inspired by a vision of an ancient Nephite temple beheld by architect John Fetzer, Sr., who had prayed for guidance, according to the website.

The building is made of reinforced concrete. A mixture made from aggregate and white cement, called cast stone, covers the 16-inch-thick exterior walls in 2-inch thick slabs, said ldstemples.org.

The temple was the first in Idaho, said the news release. The building closed for interior renovations in March 2015.

President George Albert Smith announced plans to build the temple March 3, 1937, and dedicated it Sept. 23, 1945. It was the only temple he dedicated, said the temple’s website.

Idaho Falls youth will present a cultural celebration Saturday, June 3. The temple will be rededicated in three sessions Sunday, June 4.

The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple was the eighth operating temple of the church, said the news release.

There are 154 LDS temples worldwide, including four in Idaho. Others are in Twin Falls, Boise and Rexburg.

A fifth temple in Meridian is under construction. The free public open house for the Meridian Idaho Temple will run from Oct. 21 through Nov. 11, except for the Sundays of Oct. 22 and 29 and Nov. 5, said a church news release.

The open house for the Tucson Arizona Temple will begin June 3 and continue through June 24, except for the Sundays of June 4, 11 and 18. Reservations for that open house may be made starting May 15.

An open house for the Cedar City Temple will begin Oct. 27, and continue through Nov. 18, except for the Sundays of Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12. The church has not yet announced when reservations for this open house may be made.

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