LDS temple picture quiz: Western U.S. edition


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints currently has 143 temples operating around the world, according to the church's Newsroom website.

This picture quiz is part of a series that will test your knowledge of temple designs. This edition includes 44 temples located in the Western U.S. states. Subsequent lists will include temples from other areas of the U.S. and around the world.

Locations in this list include:

Utah: 16 temples

California: seven temples

Arizona: five temples

Idaho: five temples

Washington: three temples

Oregon: two temples

Nevada: two temples

Colorado: two temples

New Mexico: one temple

Montana: one temple

Temples that are currently under construction or renovation are included in the list.

Temples that have been announced and are currently in the planning process are not included. The following temples fall into this category:

Star Valley Wyoming Temple, announced Oct. 1, 2011.

Tucson Arizona Temple, announced Oct. 6, 2012.

Cedar City Utah Temple, announced April 6, 2013.

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BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

Identifying the Provo City Center Temple was tricky, as I hadn't seen the final plans yet. It University Ave that was the tip off as well as Mt Timp in the background.

Idaho Falls, ID

The difficult ones to identify are the "McTemples" built in 98 and 99. It was good to bring temples closer to many people, but they sure lack individual identity.

Florissant, MO

Hey I got all the ones that have been around forever.

Didi Rasmussen
Vacaville, CA

The Temples:Albuquerque New Mexico Temple, Redlands California Temple, Bountiful Utah Temple and St. George Utah Temple

sid 6.7
Holladay, UT

This reminds me of a line out of the movie the Devil's Advocate. "Vanity, My Favorite Sin".

I know I am going to get blasted for it but I ask the question, do we really need 40 some odd Temples in the Western United States?

Please don't get upset I am just asking.

The Solution
Las Cruces, NM

I was really thrown off by the Ogden temple. I was expecting to see Provo's twin. I guess I was out of the loop of that renovation.

I agree the small temples are almost impossible to distinguish from one another, and I wish they would update those with minor changes to give them character, like changes the spires from lego block style to something more appealing--kinda like what they've done with some of the newer small temples, like Comlumbia River and Gila Valley. However, Monticello, Anchorage, and Juarez could stay untouched as they were the first to be built this way.

The 1980's temples--Boise, Portland, Las Vegas, etc.--are also difficult as they all follow the same pattern but have subtle differences.

Having just lived in New Mexico for 8 years, I've never understood the Albuquerque temple, with its entrance in the rear of the building. It really is strange and not very attractive.

Farmington, UT

I did pretty good, getting all correct except 5, which were some that aren't yet finished and a couple of the Mini-Temples mixed up.

Yes, they need all the temples because there is a reason to have them closer to the members. That's why they have a small version in Monticello, for example, yet there are still many who drive for hours to get there from Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. The buildings have subtle design differences in them and if you are familiar with the site, you can pick out which building it is. That isn't as big a deal as some would assert, however.

I do like the coloration of the Albuquerque Temple (and landscaping) and enjoyed my visit there. There are reasons for where the entries are located but what's important is what happens inside regarding blessings, not where you enter.

Idaho Falls, ID

Where General Conference is coming up soon, I will toss out my speculation of four additional western states locations that have potential within the next few years: Toole, Utah, Pocatello, Idaho, Missoula, Montana and Evanston, Wyoming.

South Jordan, UT

@sid 6.7, yes, there is definitely a need for at least this many temples in the western US (in fact, we may not have enough for the workload during peak hours). There are really 2 reasons to build a new temple instead of just sending people to one that already exists. (1) Bring the temples to the people. This is happening in Europe and Africa right now. (2) Take the stress off of temples that are being used at or beyond capacity. #2 is why there are so many temples in the western US. Temples along the Wasatch Front, for example, are the busiest in the world. Filling the previous temple is definitely why the Provo City Center (UT), Payson(UT), Cedar City (UT), and Meridian (ID) temples were announced, for example. Thank you for asking respectfully, and I hope this answers your question/concern.

Provo, UT

@sid 6.7
It's a good question. As the Church leadership has stated before, the active membership calls for the number of Temples. You go in any Temple in Utah at any given time of any given day and it is ridiculously busy. This would be the case everywhere, if the membership called for it!

West Jordan, UT

The room description for the Twin Falls Idaho Temple is incorrect. The temple actually has one set of ordinance rooms, and three sealing rooms.

Provo, UT

sid 6.7: YES

Grandma 20
Allen, TX

The temples are being built not only for this life but also for the Millenium which will be ushered in when the Savior returns.

Uncle Lindy
Wasilla, AK

Isn't Alaska in the western United States? What could be "wester"?

Lehi, UT

I LOVE to see the these temples, i'm going there someday(: Ogden will be so pretty when its finished!! (:

Hoosier Daddy
Van Buren, AR

Wow, didn't realize there were so many new temples in the Western U.S.

The Midwest is getting its share as well. But what about states like Arkansas? All members in Arkansas must travel to one of the surrounding states (all of which have at least two or more temples each).

In Oct 1997 Pres. Hinckley suggested that initially the new smaller temples would be located in remote areas where "the membership is small. . ."

"We are determined, brethren, to take the temple to the people...."

May Pres.Hinckley's vision be completely fulfilled under the leadership of our current Pres.Monson and those who follow him.

Sacramento, CA

I liked this. A little more info about each of the temples featured would have been nice but as it is it provided a little inspiration tonight. I've been to a few of these and am grateful for all of them. In recent months I've been in parts of California that are still quite a distance from a temple. I hope to see a temple some day along the coast north of San Francisco (i.e.Sonoma, Mendocino, Humbolt counties). Thanks again for this article.

Murray, UT

The picture they show as the answer for Provo city center temple is actually the payson temple.

Steve C. Warren

The improved design of the Ogden Temple tells us that humongous birthday cakes may be out of favor at Church headquarters.

Syracuse, UT

I knew one. Vernal. The reason I knew it was I remembered reading about it being a refurbish of an existing building and the different color (red) of the exterior makes it the only one to have a unique appearance. The rest just all look the same to me. A few basic exterior designs used over and over. I even did a double take on SLC as the photo shown is not the "traditional" pose. But it wasn't part of the quiz anyway.

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