Redlands California Temple

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Redlands California Temple
Redlands temple 1.jpg
Number 116 edit data
Dedication 14 September 2003 (14 September 2003) by
Gordon B. Hinckley
Site 4.6 acres (1.9 hectares)
Floor area 17,300 sq ft (1,610 m2)
Preceded by Brisbane Australia Temple
Followed by Accra Ghana Temple
Official websiteNews & images

Coordinates: 34°2′56.5″N 117°8′26.1″W / 34.049028°N 117.140583°W / 34.049028; -117.140583

The Redlands California Temple is the 116th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

The announcement of a temple in Redlands, California came on April 21, 2001. Redlands is in the San Bernardino, California area, an area which since 1851 has had a large population of Mormons, some of whom are descendants of colonists that first established the community. The original community was established at the behest of Brigham Young but the settlers were called back to Utah for safety purposes in 1857.

The site for the Redlands California Temple was dedicated in December 2001 and construction began soon after. Church members helped in the construction by donating rocks for its building, some of these rocks were from the area where the original Mormon colonists of 1851 camped. Young children also donated their pennies to buy the palm trees that are now planted around the temple. The temple sits on 4.6 acres (19,000 m2) and is 17,300 square feet (1,610 m2). It houses two ordinance rooms and three sealing rooms.

From August 9th through September 6th 2003 an open house was held for the Redlands temple. About 11,000 people volunteered to help with the open house and more than 140,000 people were able to tour the temple and learn more about the purpose of LDS temples. The temple was built on a lot that originally was home to an orange grove; during the open house visitors were served orange juice made from the trees that once stood there.

LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Redlands California Temple on September 14, 2003. Thousands of members attended the four dedication services. The Redlands temple was the fifth to be built in California. It serves approximately 70,000 LDS members in the area.

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