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Photo courtesy of John Power
The Gilbert Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be formally dedicated Sunday, March 2. Church President Thomas S. Monson announced the temple on April 28, 2008, and ground was broken Nov. 30, 2010. The Arizona Gilbert Temple will be the 142nd operating throughout the world. The public was invited to tour the temple during an open house from Jan.18-Feb. 15.

The Gilbert Arizona temple was recently featured in a photo gallery on the Mormon Newsroom website in conjunction with the temple open house, held from Jan. 18-Feb. 15.

The temple and grounds cover 85,000 square feet, and the building is the largest temple built in the past 17 years, according to the Mormon Newsroom. The grounds include 84 palm trees along with a waterfall, two pergolas and other shrubs and flowers.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer visited the temple during the open house and said, "This temple is a beacon of hope, faith and love to all those who come to this sacred building and its beautiful grounds."

The dedication of the temple is scheduled for Sunday, March 2.

Read more about the building and view more pictures of the Arizona Gilbert Temple on the Mormon Newsroom.

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