Cardston Alberta Temple

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Cardston Alberta Temple
Cardston Alberta Canada Temple.jpg
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Dedication 26 August 1923 (26 August 1923) by
Heber J. Grant
Site 10 acres (4 hectares)
Floor area 81,700 sq ft (7,590 m2)
Height 85 ft (26 m)
Preceded by Laie Hawaii Temple
Followed by Mesa Arizona Temple
Official websiteNews & images

Coordinates: 49°11′52.23840″N 113°18′32.50800″W / 49.1978440000°N 113.3090300000°W / 49.1978440000; -113.3090300000

Cardston Alberta Temple
National Historic Site of Canada
Province Alberta
Municipality Cardston County
Area 10 acres (40,000 m2)
Designated as a NHSC 1992
Established June 27, 1913
Year built 1913-1923
Architectural style LDS temple
Website Official LDS Cardston Alberta Temple page

The Cardston Alberta Temple (formerly the Alberta Temple) is the eighth constructed and sixth of the still-operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Located in Cardston, Alberta, it is the oldest LDS temple outside the United States. It is one of eight temples that do not have an angel Moroni statue, and one of three without spires, similar to Solomon's Temple. The other two are the Laie Hawaii and Mesa Arizona temples. It is also one of only two LDS temples built in the shape of a cross, the other being the Laie temple.

The temple was announced on June 27, 1913, and was built on Temple Hill, an eight-acre plot given to the church by Charles Ora Card. The site expanded to more than 10 acres (4.0 ha) in the mid-1950s. The granite used in building the temple was hand-hewn from quarries in Nelson, British Columbia.

Originally dedicated on August 26, 1923, by LDS Church president Heber J. Grant,[1] an addition was rededicated on July 2, 1962 by Hugh B. Brown. The first temple president was Edward J. Wood, who served from 1923 to 1948. The temple was renovated in the 1990s, and Gordon B. Hinckley rededicated it on June 22, 1991.

The temple has four ordinance rooms, five sealing rooms, and a floor area of 88,562 square feet (8,227.7 m2).

In 1992, the temple was declared a National Historic Site, and a plaque was dedicated in 1995.[2]

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Notable presidents of the temple include Edward J. Wood (1923–48); Merlin R. Lybbert (1994–97); Joseph E. Jack (1997–2000); and Heber B. Kapp (2000–03). The current president is L. Mark Evans (2012–).

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