Newport Beach California Temple

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Newport Beach California Temple
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Number 122 edit data
Dedicated August 28, 2005 (August 28, 2005) by
Gordon B. Hinckley
Site 8.8 acres (3.6 hectares)
Floor area 17,800 sq ft (1,650 m2)
Height 90 ft (27 m)
Preceded by Aba Nigeria Temple
Followed by Sacramento California Temple
Official websiteNews & images
Additional information
Announced April 21, 2001
Groundbreaking August 15, 2003 by
Duane B. Gerrard
Open House July 23 – August 20, 2005
Designed by Lloyd Platt and Allen Erekson
Location 2300 Bonita Canyon Drive
Newport Beach, California
United States
Exterior finish Salisbury pink granite from North Carolina
Temple design Southern California traditional design
Ordinance rooms 2 (Movie, two-stage progressive sessions)
Sealing rooms 3
Clothing rental No
Cafeteria No
Visitors' center No

Coordinates: 33°37′46.0″N 117°50′56.0″W / 33.629444°N 117.848889°W / 33.629444; -117.848889 The Newport Beach California Temple is the 122nd temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The temple was announced on April 21, 2001 and dedicated by Gordon B. Hinckley on August 28, 2005. At the time of its dedication, it was the sixth operating temple in California. Prior to the dedication, 175,000 people attended an open house to tour the building.[1] The open house was disrupted by a small group of protesters who carried signs reading "Mormon Lies Found Here" and "Jesus Warned Against False Prophets" and urged people not to enter.[2] The temple was built to serve the 50,000 Latter-day Saints in Orange County at the time.[2]

Similar to the Redlands California Temple, it uses interior and exterior architectural themes consistent with what was used in the Spanish missions of the early Western US and Mexico.[3] The interior includes murals of the California coast.[4]

In response to opposition from residents of the surrounding community, the LDS Church made several modifications to the original design. The exterior was changed from white marble or granite to a more pink granite, considered more appropriate for Orange County. The steeple was lowered from 124 feet (38 m) to 90 feet (27 m),[5][6] and the exterior lighting is turned off each night at 11 o'clock (unlike most temples, which are lit throughout the night).

The temple is topped by a cupola holding the traditional statue of the angel Moroni. As with many contemporary LDS temples, the Newport Beach California Temple is built on the grounds of an existing stake center and shares parking with it. The temple has a total of 17,800 square feet (1,650 m2), two ordinance rooms, and three sealing rooms. It is located on an 8.8-acre campus.[7]

The temple is located in eastern Newport Beach, on Bonita Canyon Road, at Prairie Drive, near California State Route 73.[8]


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  1. ^ Penrod, Sam (August 28, 2005). "LDS Temple Dedicated in Newport Beach". KSL-TV. Retrieved December 29, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Mehta, Seema (July 24, 2005). "Crowds Drop In on Mormon Temple's Open House". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 29, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Davis, Erik (2006). The Visionary State: A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape. San Francisco, California: Chronicle Books. p. 28. ISBN 0-8118-4835-3.
  4. ^ Dodero, Tony (July 29, 2005). "New Mormon temple welcomes visitors". Huntington Beach Independent. Retrieved December 29, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Pepper, Ann (January 13, 2005). "Mormon temple topped off". The Orange County Register. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Newport Beach City Council Minutes, November 12, 2002[full citation needed]
  7. ^ Cunningham, Bill (December 28, 2007). "In The Spirit: Misconceptions follow Mormon faith". The Orange County Register. Retrieved December 29, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Lobdell, William (July 13, 2001). "Mormons Pick Site, Give Details of Proposed Temple in Newport". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 7, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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