Cardston Alberta Temple
|Cardston Alberta Temple|
|Dedication||26 August 1923
Heber J. Grant
|Site||10 acres (4 hectares)|
|Floor area||81,700 sq ft (7,590 m2)|
|Height||85 ft (26 m)|
|Preceded by||Laie Hawaii Temple|
|Followed by||Mesa Arizona Temple|
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|Cardston Alberta Temple|
|Location||Cardston, Southern Alberta, Alberta, Canada|
|Area||10 acres (40,000 m2)|
|Founded||June 27, 1913|
|Architectural style(s)||LDS temple|
|Governing body||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
|Website||Official LDS Cardston Alberta Temple page|
The Cardston Alberta Temple (formerly the Alberta Temple) is the eighth constructed and sixth of the still-operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Located in Cardston, Alberta, it is the oldest LDS temple outside the United States. It is one of eight temples that do not have an angel Moroni statue, and one of three without spires, similar to Solomon's Temple. The other two are the Laie Hawaii and Mesa Arizona temples. It is also one of only two LDS temples built in the shape of a cross, the other being the Laie temple.
The temple was announced on June 27, 1913, and was built on Temple Hill, an eight-acre plot given to the church by Charles Ora Card. The site expanded to more than 10 acres (4.0 ha) in the mid-1950s. The granite used in building the temple was hand-hewn from quarries in Nelson, British Columbia.
Originally dedicated on August 26, 1923, by LDS Church president Heber J. Grant, an addition was rededicated on July 2, 1962 by Hugh B. Brown. The first temple president was Edward J. Wood, who served from 1923 to 1948. The temple was renovated in the 1990s, and Gordon B. Hinckley rededicated it on June 22, 1991.
The temple has four ordinance rooms, five sealing rooms, and a floor area of 88,562 square feet (8,227.7 m2).
In 1992, the temple was declared a National Historic Site, and a plaque was dedicated in 1995.
Notable presidents of the temple include Edward J. Wood (1923–48); Merlin R. Lybbert (1994–97); Joseph E. Jack (1997–2000); and Heber B. Kapp (2000–03). The current president is Clark L. Hardy (2015–).
- Comparison of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Torleif S. Knaphus — sculpted the large bas relief titled Christ the Fountainhead on the exterior of the building and also the life-size oxen holding the baptism font
- LeConte Stewart - painted murals and other art work in the temple
- List of National Historic Sites of Canada in Alberta
- 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 Canada
- Anderson, Paul L. (July 1977), "First of the Modern Temples", Ensign
- Gates, Susa Young (October 1923), "Dedication of the Alberta Temple", Improvement Era 26 (12): 1139–1141
- Jenson, Andrew (October 1923), "Elder Andrew Jenson (Assistant Church Historian.)", [General] Conference Report, pp. 125–132
- Satterfield, Rick, "Cardston Alberta Temple", LDSChurchTemples.com, retrieved 2012-10-09
- Anderson, Paul L. (July 1978), "Paintings from the Alberta Temple", Ensign
- Brown, Hugh B. (August 1962), "The LDS Concept of Marriage", Improvement Era 65 (08): 570–575 (Has accompanying color photographs of interior of Cardston Alberta Temple)
- Steele, C. Frank (August 1962), "Trek to the North", Improvement Era 65 (08): 568–569, 590–591
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