After the September 1997 announcement that the LDS Church would build a temple in Houston, the search began for an appropriate site. The site eventually chosen formerly belonged to a developer unwilling to sell. Years earlier, however, the developer had gone through difficult financial times and had made a promise to God that if God would help him avoid financial ruin, he would someday "pay God back". When the developer learned what was proposed to be built on his land, he decided to sell the land as his way of paying God back.
LDS Church presidentGordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Houston Texas Temple on August 26, 2000. The temple has a total of 33,970 square feet (3,156 m2), two ordinance rooms, and two sealing rooms. The temple serves over forty-four thousand Latter-day Saints in the southern half of Texas, and is one of four LDS temples in the state of Texas.