Anchorage Alaska Temple
|Anchorage Alaska Temple|
|Dedicated||January 9, 1999
Gordon B. Hinckley
|Site||5.4 acres (2.2 hectares)|
|Floor area||11,937 sq ft (1,109 m2)|
|Height||71 ft (22 m)|
|Preceded by||Monticello Utah Temple|
|Followed by||Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico Temple|
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Coordinates: The Anchorage Alaska Temple is the 54th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The temple serves church members in Alaska and the Yukon Territory.
In 1997, church president Gordon B. Hinckley, announced the building of smaller LDS temples. The first of these smaller temples was built in Monticello, Utah and the second in Anchorage, Alaska. After the groundbreaking of the Anchorage Alaska Temple in 1998, the construction of this 6,800-square-foot (630 m2) temple took only nine months.
The west side of the Anchorage Alaska Temple features the seven stars of the Big Dipper pointing to the North Star, a symbol found on the Alaskan flag and on the Salt Lake Temple. The temple walls are covered with gray and white quartz-flecked granite, and the temple design incorporates Alaskan motifs, such as likenesses of fir trees on the doorway pilasters. The stained glass is reminiscent of water, and stylized evergreens with patterns resembling native designs are used to adorn interior furnishings.
Hinckley dedicated the temple on January 9, 1999, with more than six thousand members from as far away as the Yukon braving the freezing weather. After remodeling that nearly doubled the size of the temple, Hinckley rededicated the temple on February 8, 2004. The Anchorage Alaska Temple now has a total floor area of 11,937 square feet (1,109.0 m2), two ordinance rooms, and one sealing room.
- 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)
- "Gathering of Saints", by Jasper and Lommel, p 320[full citation needed]
- "Open house, dedication set for Alaska temple", Church News, November 14, 1998
- "Alaska temple opens doors to the public", Church News, January 2, 1999
- Howlett, Sandi (January 9, 1999), "Sacred edifice called a 'jewel box': Nearly 15,000 visit open house of Alaska temple", Church News
- Dockstader, Julie A. (January 16, 1999), "Northernmost temple dedicated", Church News
- Howlett, Sandi (February 7, 2004), "Icy opening and a warm welcome", Church News
- Howlett, Sandi (February 14, 2004), "The story of Alaska", Church News
- Howlett, Sandi (February 14, 2004), "Anchorage Alaska Temple rededicated by Prophet", Church News