Preston England Temple
|Preston England Temple|
|Dedication||7 June 1998
Gordon B. Hinckley
|Site||15 acres (6.1 hectares)|
|Floor area||69,630 sq ft (6,469 m2)|
|Height||159 ft (48 m)|
|Preceded by||Vernal Utah Temple|
|Followed by||Monticello Utah Temple|
|Official website • News & images|
The LDS Church took root in Preston, Lancashire, when the first Mormon missionaries arrived in 1837. Because of its place in LDS Church history and the growth of membership in Preston, LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley announced the area would be the site for England's second temple (the first was in Surrey, near London). The Preston England Temple is located in the town of Chorley, 10 miles (16 km) south of Preston, in Lancashire. It is the centrepiece of a 15-acre (6 hectare) complex that includes a stake centre, a missionary training centre, a family history facility, a distribution centre, temple patron housing, temple missionary accommodations and a grounds building. The temple itself has a modern, single-spire design and an exterior finish of Olympia white granite from Sardinia. The white granite exterior and zinc roof have caused it to be described as reminiscent of England's old churches.
Hinckley dedicated the Preston England Temple on June 7, 1998. The temple has four ordinance rooms and four sealing rooms, and is the largest Latter-day Saint temple in Europe, at 69,630 square feet (6,470 m²). The older London England Temple is smaller, at 46,174 square feet (4,290 m²) and is the second-largest temple in Europe, followed by the Madrid Spain Temple at 45,800 square feet (4,250 m2).
The temple serves Latter-day Saints from the Midlands and northern parts of England, the whole of Scotland, the Isle of Man, the Belfast Stake in Northern Ireland and the Dublin Stake in the Republic of Ireland. The Limerick District in the Republic of Ireland is served by the London England Temple.
In the summer of 2013 the church staged a pageant on the grounds of the temple, along the lines of the Hill Cumorah Pageant and others done in the U.S., but with a very British theme. It was the first official church pageant performed outside of North America. The pageant script was written by Alex Mackenzie-Johns, a British Latter-day Saint, and was under the guidance of Stephen C. Kerr, a British area seventy.
- Comparison of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- List of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- List of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by geographic region
- Temple architecture (Latter-day Saints)
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ireland
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Scotland
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the United Kingdom
- "The First 100 Temples", by Chad Hawkins, 2001, p. 145[full citation needed]
- LDS Church United Kingdom country site on British Pageant
- Stephen C. Kerr, "British Pageant in 2013"
- Holt, James (April 29, 2013), "Truth Will Prevail is a new Mormon Pageant in UK this Summer", Deseret News
- Grant, Bryan J. (June 18, 1994), "Ground broken for Preston England Temple", Church News
- "Blessings of House of the Lord reach faithful in many lands", Church News, Sep 24, 1994
- "Preston Temple modern classical design", Church News, Oct 29, 1994
- "Open house, dedication set for Preston temple", Church News, Jan 31, 1998
- Lloyd, R. Scott (May 23, 1998), "Open house begins for Preston temple", Church News
- "Preston England Temple", Church News, June 13, 1998
- "Multitudes throng Preston Temple", Church News, May 30, 1998
- "Preston England Temple: `Thou hast smiled . . . upon England'", Church News, June 13, 1998
- Avant, Gerry (Dec 26, 1998), "Temple is 'great symbol of our message to world'", Church News
- "Preston England Temple landscapers honored", Church News, March 18, 2000
- "Country information: United Kingdom", Church News, Feb 1, 2010
- "Visitors flock to Preston temple grounds during England's Heritage Open Days", Church News, Sep 14, 2010
- Media related to Preston England Temple at Wikimedia Commons
- Official Preston England Temple page
- Preston England Temple page