Idaho Falls Idaho Temple

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Idaho Falls Idaho Temple
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Dedicated September 23, 1945 (September 23, 1945) by
George Albert Smith
Site 7 acres (2.8 hectares)
Floor area 92,177 sq ft (8,564 m2)
Height 143 ft (44 m)
Preceded by Mesa Arizona Temple
Followed by Bern Switzerland Temple
Official websiteNews & images
Additional information
Announced March 3, 1937
Groundbreaking December 19, 1939 by
David Asael Smith
Open House September 15–20, 1945; April 22–May 20, 2017 (following renovations)
Rededicated June 4, 2017 by
Henry B. Eyring
Designed by John Fetzer, Sr.
Location 1000 Memorial Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho
United States
Exterior finish Concrete
Temple design Modern, center spire
Ordinance rooms 4 (four-stage progressive sessions)
Sealing rooms 9
Clothing rental Yes
Cafeteria Full
Visitors' center Yes

Coordinates: 43°29′59.34840″N 112°2′29.39999″W / 43.4998190000°N 112.0414999972°W / 43.4998190000; -112.0414999972

The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple (formerly the Idaho Falls Temple) is the tenth constructed and eighth operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Located in the city of Idaho Falls, Idaho, it was the church's first temple built in Idaho, and the first built with a modern single-spire design.[1]


The temple in Idaho Falls was announced on March 3, 1937. The building was designed by the church board of temple architects: Edward O. Anderson, Georgious Y. Cannon, Ramm Hansen, John Fetzer, Hyrum Pope, Lorenzo Snow Young. The exterior of the temple was completed in September 1941 and the interior was expected to be completed the following year. However, with World War II shortages, it delayed the completion of the temple for four more years. In spite of delays, church president George Albert Smith dedicated the Idaho Falls Temple just one month after the war ended, on September 23, 1945.[2] The temple was built on a 7-acre (2.8 ha) plot, has four ordinance rooms and nine sealing rooms, and has a total floor area of 92,177 square feet (8,563.5 m2).

The name of the temple was changed from the Idaho Falls Temple to the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple in 1999 when the church introduced standardized naming conventions for temples worldwide.[3]

In March 2015, the temple closed for renovations that were expected to last 18 months.[4] The renovations took nearly two years and following their completion, a public open house was held from April 22 through May 20, 2017.[5] The temple was rededicated by Henry B. Eyring on June 4, 2017.[6]

Temple president[edit]

A notable president of the temple is John H. Groberg (2005–08).[7] Groberg's parents, Delbert V. and Jennie Groberg, also served as president and matron of the temple from 1975-1980.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Eaton, Nate. "LDS Church opens Idaho Falls Temple after two-year renovation project", East Idaho News, 17 April 2017. Retrieved on 17 March 2020.
  2. ^ Mays, Kenneth. "Picturing history: President George Albert Smith — historical sites, mission to London and temple dedications", Deseret News, 26 September 2018. Retrieved on 17 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Temples renamed to uniform guidelines". Church News. Deseret News. October 16, 1999. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  4. ^ "Two Temples Scheduled for Renovation in Germany and Idaho", Newsroom, LDS Church, December 16, 2014
  5. ^ "Inside the renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple", Provo Herald, 17 April 2017. Retrieved on 17 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Idaho's First Mormon Temple Is Rededicated: 12,000 youth participate in cultural celebration", Newsroom, LDS Church, June 4, 2017
  7. ^ "New temple presidents", Deseret News, 11 June 2005. Retrieved on 17 March 2020.
  8. ^ Toone, Trent. "'Temple by the river': Idaho Falls Temple turns 70 years old", Deseret News, 24 September 2015. Retrieved on 17 March 2020.

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