Gilbert Arizona Temple
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.
March 2, 2014
Gilbert Temple Dedication and Cultural CelebrationThe 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 CelebrationLDS 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 InsideAn 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 BeginMedia 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 MondayBeginning 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 TemplePlanters 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 30Tremendous 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 AnnouncedThe 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 CompletedA 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 CompleteWork 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 TempleThe 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 TempleSoft 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 TempleWork 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 TempleInstallation 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 TempleA 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 LandscapingA 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 TempleAdvancements 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 TempleDozens 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 TempleFraming 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 PanelsThe 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 TempleOn 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 GlassWork 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 ActivityAt 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 GlassBoarded 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 SiteLandscaping 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 TempleA 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 SteepleFloodlighting 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 TempleA 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 ExteriorThe 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 TempleThe 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 SpireConstruction 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 CompletionAt 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 FrameworkJust 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 FrameworkOn 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 GilbertBeautifully 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 LevelConstruction 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 TempleA 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 TempleThe 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 TempleThe 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 PanelsAfter 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 SpireFraming 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 TempleHard 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 TempleBeautiful 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 HighThe 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 TempleAt 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 ConstructionVisitors 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 GilbertThe 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 ConstructionA 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 FoundationWith 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 ExpandingMore 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 TempleWorks 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 TempleAt 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 CautionThe 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 FoundationWork 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, ArizonaConstruction 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 ActivityMounds 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 GroundbreakingOn 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, 2010Elder 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 ApprovalOn 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 TempleThe 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 BoardOn 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 SiteThe 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 BeginConstruction 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 CouncilOn 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 RecommendedMotions 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 ProjectA 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 ProjectOn 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.