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The First Presidency has announced open house and dedication dates for the Phoenix Arizona Temple. The public is invited to visit the temple during an open house from Friday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Nov. 1, excluding Sundays. Free reservations for the open house can be made starting Monday, Sept. 29, on the www.phoenixmormontemple.org website.
The temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, Nov. 16, in three sessions. In conjunction with the dedication of the temple, there will also be a cultural event featuring music and dance on Saturday, Nov. 15.
Ground was broken for the Phoenix Arizona Temple on June 4, 2011. Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy presided at the ceremony and said the new building would be a “beautiful and magnificent temple” that will bless both Mormons and the Phoenix community.
The Phoenix Temple sits on just over five acres adjacent to an existing meetinghouse located at the intersection of Pinnacle Peak Road and 51st Avenue. It is a single-story building and has a footprint of 27,423 square feet with a full basement and a 90-foot spire. The materials and workmanship are of the highest quality, and the grounds are created and maintained to bring a sense of peace and tranquility to those who enjoy the grounds and the surrounding community.
Once dedicated, the Phoenix temple will be the 144th operating temple of the Church worldwide. It is one of five temples in Arizona, with others in Mesa, Snowflake, Gila Valley and, most recently, Gilbert. A sixth temple, in Tucson, has been announced.