Denver Colorado Temple

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Denver Colorado Temple
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Number 40 edit data
Dedication 24 October 1986 (24 October 1986) by
Ezra Taft Benson
Site 7.56 acres (3.1 hectares)
Floor area 27,006 sq ft (2,509 m2)
Height 90 ft (27 m)
Preceded by Buenos Aires Argentina Temple
Followed by Frankfurt Germany Temple
Official websiteNews & images

Coordinates: 39°34′7.3″N 104°57′56.8″W / 39.568694°N 104.965778°W / 39.568694; -104.965778

The Denver Colorado Temple is the 40th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

The LDS Church announced plans to build a temple in Colorado on March 31, 1982. Almost two years later, Gordon B. Hinckley presided over the site dedication and groundbreaking. Hand-carved woodwork adorns the temple interior, along with hand-painted designs on the walls and ceilings. The temple also features more than six hundred square feet of specially designed stained glass windows. The temple is situated on a hilltop in Centennial that was once part of a golf course and country club.

Many Latter-day Saints contributed what they could to the building and beautifying of the Denver Colorado Temple. Some made tatted cloths, children earned money and donated it for the building of three 'bride benches,' young men and women made and assembled a dollhouse to be used in the youth center, and more than six hundred volunteers cleaned the temple before the open house held 8–27 September 1986 .

LDS Church president Ezra Taft Benson dedicated the temple on October 24, 1986. The Denver Colorado Temple has a total of 29,117 square feet (2,705 m2), four ordinance rooms, and six sealing rooms.

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Prior to the construction of the temple, residents were worried a temple in their area would be too big and overshadow everything else. The church let the residents of the neighborhood surrounding the temple grounds pick the final design of the temple. Out of respect to the community, the church turned off the lights surrounding the temple at night so the area would not be so bright.

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