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Following is a collection of news items that have appeared on the News page for the Gilbert Arizona Temple. To share your latest news for the temple, please send an e-mail.

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News Archives

March 2, 2014

Gilbert Temple Dedication and Cultural Celebration
The Gilbert Arizona Temple was dedicated today as the 142nd operating temple of the Church. An inspiring youth cultural celebration was held the evening before under sheets of rain. President Monson and President Eyring were in attendance.

February 26, 2014

Gilbert Cultural Celebration
LDS youth throughout the East Valley are preparing for the cultural celebration that will be held this Saturday at Discovery Park in honor of the dedication of the Gilbert Arizona Temple on Sunday, March 2.

January 18, 2014

Gilbert Mormon Temple: A Rare Look Inside
An ABC 15 special that aired on January 17, entitled Gilbert Mormon Temple: A Rare Look Inside, is available as a 4-part online video—helping viewers understand the significance of the temple.

January 14, 2014

Gilbert Arizona Temple Open House to Begin
Media and VIP guests will get their first look of the interior of the Gilbert Arizona Temple starting tomorrow. The general public is invited to tour the building beginning this Saturday (view invitation video). Free tickets are required to attend.

December 27, 2013

Reservations for Gilbert Temple Open House Available on Monday
Beginning Monday, December 30, at 10:00 a.m., the online reservation system will begin offering open house tickets for interior tours of the beautiful new Gilbert Arizona Temple.

December 18, 2013

Flowers Planted at the Gilbert Arizona Temple
Planters at the Gilbert Arizona Temple are being filled with lush plants and vibrant flowers as the magnificent edifice nears completion. Tickets for the public open house will become available online beginning Monday, December 30.

November 22, 2013

Reservations for Gilbert Arizona Temple to be Made Available Beginning December 30
Tremendous interest has been expressed in the Gilbert Arizona Temple open house with many asking when and how tickets may be reserved. The Church has announced that open house tickets will become available beginning Monday, December 30, 2013, via an online reservation system. And while groups will be accommodated during non-peak times, LDS members are encouraged to attend with family rather than in Church groups.

October 21, 2013

Dedication of Gilbert Arizona Temple Announced
The First Presidency has announced the opening dates for the Gilbert Arizona Temple. The public will be invited to an open house beginning Saturday, January 18, and continuing through Saturday, February 15, 2014 (except Sundays). The temple will be dedicated in three sessions on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

October 20, 2013

Gilbert Arizona Temple Water Feature Completed
A beautiful terraced water feature now graces the grounds of the Gilbert Arizona Temple. "But unto him that keepeth my commandments I will give the mysteries of my kingdom, and the same shall be in him a well of living water, springing up unto everlasting life" (D&C 63:23).

September 6, 2013

Gilbert Meetinghouse Exterior Complete
Work has turned to the interior of the meetinghouse that stands nexts to the Gilbert Arizona Temple, as the exterior is now finished. Both buildings will be involved in the public open house that is planned before the dedication of the temple.

August 6, 2013

Landscaping Progress at the Gilbert Arizona Temple
The grounds of the Gilbert Arizona Temple continue to be alive with activity as concrete is poured, vegetation is planted, and fencing is installed. Gathering areas will be located on all four sides of the temple, which will be the venue for many Mormon weddings in the valley.

July 17, 2013

Sun Sets on the Gilbert Arizona Temple
Soft floodlighting on the exterior of the Gilbert Arizona Temple against the colorful hues of a desert sunset is creating a stunning sight at the temple grounds in the evenings. Area members are eagerly awaiting the announcement of opening dates.

June 20, 2013

Gilbert Meetinghouse Catching Up to Temple
Work is advancing rapidly on the meetinghouse next to the Gilbert Arizona Temple, which recently received the addition of its steeple. If the construction pace continues on the two buildings, opening events could be held late this year, though no official announcement has been made.

June 12, 2013

Fence Installation at the Gilbert Arizona Temple
Installation of the decorative fence around the Gilbert Arizona Temple grounds is underway as finish work proceeds inside the temple and construction advances on the adjacent meetinghouse. Members look forward with enthusiasm to the opening of these buildings in the coming months.

May 20, 2013

Beautiful Palms Frame the Gilbert Arizona Temple
A symmetrical stand of palm trees is creating a captivating view of the Gilbert Arizona Temple from the walkway leading to the entrance. Hundreds of trees are being planted on the grounds to create shade from the desert sun.

May 1, 2013

Gilbert Arizona Temple Landscaping
A wide variety of trees and shrubs is creating a shaded oasis around the Gilbert Arizona Temple. The temple will share a joint parking facility with a meetinghouse that is also under construction. The two facilities are expected to be completed late this year or early next year.

April 18, 2013

Aerial Video Posted of the Gilbert Arizona Temple
Advancements on the grounds of the Gilbert Arizona Temple are captured in a newly posted video taken from the vantage point of a hover cam. The Gilbert temple will be the second in the East Valley, joining the temple in Mesa.

March 29, 2013

Parking Lot Trees Arriving at Gilbert Arizona Temple
Dozens and dozens of trees are arriving at the Gilbert Arizona Temple site for planting in the parking lot. Due to the high heat in Arizona, tree coverage is planned for every parking space. Work continues inside the 83,000-square-foot temple and adjacent meetinghouse.

March 23, 2013

Meetinghouse Construction at the Gilbert Arizona Temple
Framing continues on the meetinghouse that is under construction next to the Gilbert Arizona Temple. The two buildings, which share a large joint parking lot, will be completed together, allowing the meetinghouse to serve as a gathering area for open house tours.

February 9, 2013

Retaining Walls Faced with Precast Concrete Panels
The landscape architecture of the Gilbert Arizona Temple complex is being beautified with the attachment of precast concrete panels—matching those on the temple—to the retaining walls that border the parking lots. The majestic temple has already claimed its position as a town landmark.

February 3, 2013

Flying High over the Gilbert Arizona Temple
On Saturday, February 2, a brightly colored hot air balloon was captured floating near the beautiful Gilbert Arizona Temple. Work is proceeding on the interior of the building, which could take the remainder of the year to complete. The temple will serve the fast-growing LDS population in the East Valley.

December 14, 2012

Gilbert Arizona Temple Update: Beautiful Blue Art Glass
Work on the Gilbert Arizona Temple is progressing steadily with the majority of the art glass window panes installed, framing for shade structures in place, work on a fence wall underway, plenty of concrete curbing poured, and numerous palm trees planted throughout the site.

October 30, 2012

Gilbert Temple Portico, Palm Trees, and Curbing Activity
At the Gilbert Arizona Temple, steel framing has been erected for the entrance portico and approximately 70 palms trees have been planted. Cement work is underway to lay the curbing, walk ways, and parking lot, which will be surrounded by beautiful landscaping elements.

September 27, 2012

Gilbert Arizona Temple Receives Beautiful Panes of Art Glass
Boarded window openings at the Gilbert Arizona Temple are transforming into beautiful blue bands as panes of decorative art glass are installed. The windows are inspired by the agave blossom motif used throughout the temple. Work also continues on the grounds where curbing has been poured and palms trees planted. The temple is expected to open next year.

September 3, 2012

Palm Trees Added to the Gilbert Arizona Temple Site
Landscaping efforts have begun at the Gilbert Arizona Temple with the planting of parallel rows of palm trees east of the temple entrance. Window installation has also begun and is progressing slowly. Another Arizona temple is under construction in nearby Phoenix.

August 16, 2012

Take a Quadcopter Ride Around the Gilbert Temple
A recently posted video on Vimeo captures the majestic Gilbert Arizona Temple from the incredible vantage point of a quadcopter. The video features smooth aerial footage, peaceful music, and a few images of the flying device itself.

August 8, 2012

"Even the Wind and the Sea Obey Him"
A billowing dust storm is juxtaposed with the Gilbert Arizona Temple in this stunning photograph of Arizona's fourth temple, currently under construction.

August 5, 2012

Lighting Added to Gilbert Steeple
Floodlighting now illuminates the base of the Gilbert Arizona Temple steeple in the evenings. In coming weeks, the currently boarded window openings will be filled with beautiful art glass.

May 15, 2012

Angel Moroni Lifted Atop Gilbert Arizona Temple
A gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was installed atop the Gilbert Arizona Temple this afternoon. Delays were encountered due to wind, but hundreds of onlookers stayed on until catching a glimpse of the figure atop the spire (view video).

May 12, 2012

Gilbert Arizona Temple Dons New Exterior
The final panels and trimmings are being attached to the exterior of the Gilbert Arizona Temple. Installation of the gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni is anticipated in the coming days. Window openings are currently boarded and will eventually be filled with colorful art glass.

April 22, 2012

Paneling the East Side of the Gilbert Arizona Temple
The attachment of precast concrete panels to the exterior of the Gilbert Arizona Temple has been completed on the south, west, and north sides; leaving the east (or front) side, the remainder of the spire, and the portico. Once the temple is enclosed, focus will turn largely to the interior.

March 27, 2012

Adding More Pieces to the Gilbert Arizona Temple Spire
Construction cranes are hard at work at the Gilbert Arizona Temple delivering precast concrete paneling to the high reaches of the building including the base of the spire where new pieces have been set in place. Members are watching progress with excitement.

March 14, 2012

West Side of Gilbert Temple Exterior Nearing Completion
At the Gilbert Arizona Temple, construction workers are making large strides in installation of the precast concrete exterior panels, which cover the base of the spire and the majority of the north and west sides. In nearby Phoenix, the basement walls are virtually completed.

February 20, 2012

Cap Added to Gilbert Arizona Temple Spire Framework
Just days after the framework for the spire of the Gilbert Arizona Temple was lifted into place atop the center of the edifice, construction crews placed a pre-molded cap over the top, forming the base where the gold-leafed angel Moroni statue will stand. Exterior panels continue to be installed.

February 14, 2012

Gilbert Arizona Temple Receives Spire Framework
On Tuesday, February 14, the construction of the Gilbert Arizona Temple reached an exciting milestone with the installation of the spire framework, taking the temple to its full height minus the height of the angel Moroni statue, which will cap the spire.

February 2, 2012

More Progress on Arizona's Fourth Temple in Gilbert
Beautifully crafted precast concrete panels continue to be delivered and attached to the exterior of the majestic Gilbert Arizona Temple, which will be entirely enclosed in the coming weeks. Construction will begin soon on a meetinghouse that will share the temple site.

January 20, 2012

Gilbert Arizona Temple Exterior Panels Reach Ground Level
Construction carries on at the Gilbert Arizona Temple where exterior panels are now being attached to the main floors. Exciting events are anticipated for the second quarter with the arrival of the spire and angel Moroni statue and the commencement of the meetinghouse.

January 2, 2012

Beautiful Detailing on Gilbert Arizona Temple
A close-up photograph of the exterior panels being attached to the Gilbert Arizona Temple reveals the exquisite detailing featured in the ivory-colored concrete. The temple will also have beautifully crafted art-glass windows.

December 10, 2011

Moonlit Night Illuminates the Gilbert Arizona Temple
The Gilbert Arizona Temple has entered an exciting stage of construction as exterior panels are added each day to the steel structure at Greenfield and Pecos Roads. The first panels has been installed around the base of the future spire.

December 4, 2011

Panels Go Up on the Gilbert Arizona Temple
The first exterior panels have been attached to the Gilbert Arizona Temple around the base of the future single spire. The temple features a new floor plan with 3 ordinance rooms and 7 sealing rooms, which has been adapted for use in Payson, Utah.

November 24, 2011

Gilbert Arizona Temple Ready for Exterior Panels
After several months of framing, the steel skeleton of the Gilbert Arizona Temple is ready to be dressed with beautifully carved exterior panels, which have arrived on site. A second Phoenix-area temple is under construction in Phoenix proper.

November 3, 2011

Gilbert Arizona Temple Grows Yet Taller with New Framing for Spire
Framing for the single central tower of the Gilbert Arizona Temple is being erected atop the steel skeleton standing at the corner of Greenfield Road and Pecos Road. The graceful lines of the spire will ultimately reach 180 feet in the air in an inspiring gesture toward heaven. When the temple opens in 2013, the district will include Southeast Valley communities like Queen Creek, which has grown from one stake to five in just ten years.

October 7, 2011

Working in the Twilight at the Gilbert Arizona Temple
Hard work at the Gilbert Arizona Temple construction site has produced a steel frame for the occupied portion of the building. Lobbies, offices, and dressing rooms will occupy the main level, endowment rooms the second, and sealing rooms the third.

September 19, 2011

Sun Sets on the Rising Frame of the Gilbert Arizona Temple
Beautiful silver-lined clouds—colored by the setting sun—play backdrop to the rising steel skeleton of the Gilbert Arizona Temple in this recently submitted construction photograph. Large steel plates are now being set in place atop the highest occupied floor of the building.

September 11, 2011

Gilbert Arizona Temple Reaches Three Levels High
The magnificent structure of the Gilbert Arizona Temple continues to rise at the corner of Greenfield and Pecos Roads. Vertical steel girders reach above the elevator shafts to the top of the occupied portion of the building, which will be capped with an elegant tapered spire.

August 23, 2011

Ancillary Building Panels on Site at Gilbert Arizona Temple
At the Gilbert Arizona Temple site, work on the ancillary building is nearing completion with the installation of exterior façade panels. The public is invited to watch construction, ask questions, and view renderings of the interior and exterior of the temple at the new visitors' trailer.

August 4, 2011

Public Invited to View Gilbert Arizona Temple Construction
Visitors to the Gilbert Arizona Temple site may now watch construction and take photographs from a designated viewing area. Renderings of the temple are on display in an adjacent trailer where couple missionaries are available for questions. Visit an informational blog about the temple.

July 21, 2011

Scaffolding Down Around Elevator Shafts in Gilbert
The three elevator shafts at the Gilbert Arizona Temple have now reached their full height. Scaffolding once surrounding the structures has come down, giving onlookers a sense of the magnitude of the building. Steel framing has reached the main level with some girders rising to the second level.

June 22, 2011

Aerial Photographs Capture Gilbert Arizona Temple Construction
A bird's-eye view of the Gilbert Arizona Temple reveals the building's solid substructure and rising superstructure at the corner of Greenfield Road and Pecos Road including three elevator shafts and steel framing for the first and second levels.

June 12, 2011

Steel Girders and Elevator Shafts Rise Above the Gilbert Arizona Temple Foundation
With reinforced cement walls in place for the substructure, the superstructure of the Gilbert Arizona Temple is now rising in the form of steel girders and block elevator shafts. Temples in both Gilbert and Phoenix are under construction in the Valley of the Sun.

May 16, 2011

Gilbert Arizona Temple Steel Structure Expanding
More steel girders have been installed at the Gilbert Arizona Temple, which will form the walls and ceiling of the main level. The basement, where the baptistry is located, is housed by the concrete foundation. The sacred structure is the second temple to be constructed in the East Valley.

April 4, 2011

Steel Framing Rises as Foundation Work Continues at Gilbert Arizona Temple
Works continues in phases on the large, complex foundation of the Gilbert Arizona Temple—the second temple in the East Valley. Forms are being installed, concrete poured, and steel girders attached.

March 25, 2011

Foundation Work Underway at Gilbert Arizona Temple
At the Gilbert Arizona Temple site, concrete forms are being installed in preparation for pouring foundational walls. The project involves a variety of complexities including a shaft from the ancillary building visible in this overhead photograph.

March 17, 2011

A Word of Caution
The contractor for the Gilbert Arizona Temple requests that visitors do not enter the construction area, as instructed on posted signs. Unauthorized visitors pose a great risk and liability to the contractor and to the temple project.

March 8, 2011

Digging Begins for Gilbert Arizona Temple Foundation
Work at the Gilbert Arizona Temple site has advanced far enough to allow excavation for the temple foundation to begin. Earlier excavation efforts were for laying utility lines, grading the site, and excavating for the ancillary building. Next steps include pouring footings and connecting to utilities.

February 7, 2011

Work on Temple Proper Getting Closer in Gilbert, Arizona
Construction at the Gilbert Arizona Temple site has focused around the temple as curb, gutter, and major utilities have have been installed. And though foundation work is underway for the ancillary building, members look forward to excavation for the temple proper, expected to commence soon.

January 26, 2011

Gilbert Temple Construction Site Buzzing with Activity
Mounds of dirt, conduits, earth movers, and construction workers are the scene at the Gilbert Arizona Temple construction site where below-grade work advances including site preparation and utility installation. Construction began two months ago following a highly attended groundbreaking ceremony.

November 9, 2010

Thousands Gather for the Gilbert Arizona Temple Groundbreaking
On Saturday, November 13, Elder Claudio R. M. Costa of the Presidency of the Seventy presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Gilbert Arizona Temple where thousands crowded on site to witness the first ceremonial shovefuls of dirt. The Gilbert temple—the second in the Phoenix metropolitan area—is expected to be completed in two years.

October 8, 2010

Gilbert Arizona Temple Groundbreaking Scheduled for November 13, 2010
Elder Claudio R. M. Costa of the Presidency of the Seventy will preside over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Gilbert Arizona Temple on Saturday, November 13, 2010, at 11:30 a.m.

July 16, 2010

Gilbert Arizona Temple Receives Final Government Approval
On July 15, the Town of Gilbert Design Review Board granted final approval for the site plan and design of the Gilbert Arizona Temple. A groundbreaking announcement is expected shortly. Pre-construction is already underway at the site where power lines are being buried to beautify the intersection.

June 23, 2010

Paul Gilbert Answers Questions about the Gilbert Arizona Temple
The Gilbert Republic sat down with Paul Gilbert, legal representative for the Church on the Gilbert Arizona Temple construction project, to ask some questions about the unique design of the temple and its grounds. The final design for the temple was recently submitted to the Town of Gilbert for approval.

June 15, 2010

Plans for the Gilbert Temple Go Before Town Board
On June 10, 2010, site and building plans for the Gilbert Arizona Temple including landscaping, grading and drainage, elevations and floor plans, lighting, and signage went before the Town of Gilbert Design Review Board in a study session.

May 30, 2010

Morningside at the Gilbert Arizona Temple Site
The Young Men, Young Women, and Young Single Adults of the Gilbert Arizona Highland Stake gathered at the Gilbert Arizona Temple site on May 23, 2010, for a special morningside where they stood within the future walls of the temple dressed in white.

October 26, 2009

Gilbert Arizona Temple Site Preparations Begin
Construction vehicles have arrived at the Gilbert Arizona Temple site in preparation for the expensive power line burial project, which will highly beautify the intersection where the temple will be located. The Church has offered to shoulder the entire expense of the project—heartily commended by the Town.

September 29, 2009

Gilbert Arizona Temple Rezoning Passes Town Council
On Tuesday, September 29, the Gilbert Town Council unanimously passed the rezoning proposals for the widely supported Gilbert Arizona Temple project. Construction of the temple is expected to begin in 9 or 10 months with construction lasting 12 to 18 months. [Read News Story]

September 3, 2009

Approval of Gilbert Arizona Temple Project Recommended
Motions for recommendation of approval of a plan amendment, rezoning request, and use permit to allow construction of the Gilbert Arizona Temple were carried at the Planning Commission meeting held September 2, 2009. The Town Council will be next to hear the requests on September 29.

August 13, 2009

Public To Comment on Gilbert Arizona Temple Project
A public hearing will be held at the Town of Gilbert Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, at 6:00 p.m., where comment will be heard on the Gilbert Arizona Temple project. The Commission will give its recommendation to the Gilbert Town Council.

August 3, 2009

Planning Commission Discusses Gilbert Arizona Temple Project
On Wednesday, August 5, the Planning Commission of the Town of Gilbert will discuss three requests for a 21-acre parcel on the southeast corner of Greenfield and Pecos Roads that will permit construction of the Gilbert Arizona Temple. No formal action will be taken at this study session.

"Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? "
—1 Corinthians 15:29

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