Plans to build a temple in Montana were announced in August 1996. About 4,800 people gathered during a spring snowstorm to witness the groundbreaking on March 30, 1998.
Eight dedicatory sessions were held to accommodate all of the members of the area on November 20-21, 1999. LDS Church presidentGordon B. Hinckley gave the dedicatory prayer.
The Billings Montana Temple sits on the hillside in front of 300-foot (91 m) high red Rimrock cliffs. The single spire rises from a tiered tower. Stained-glass windows dominate the west end. Inside, a clear skylight allows patrons to glimpse the angel Moroni atop the spire. The exterior features Wyoming white dolomite with tan sandstone finish. The temple is used by the 36,000 members in Montana and northern Wyoming. It has a total floor area of 33,800 square feet (3,140 m2), two ordinance rooms, and three sealing rooms.