Regina Saskatchewan Temple
65th operating temple
Physical Address111 Wascana Gate North
Regina, Saskatchewan S4V 2J6
Mailing Address111 Wascana Gate N
Regina, SK S4V 2J6
Announcement: 3 August 1998
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 14 November 1998 by Hugh W. Pinnock
Public Open House: 5–6 November 1999
Dedication: 14 November 1999 by Boyd K. Packer
Site: 1 acre site in Wascana View, a subdivision in Regina.
Exterior Finish: Light gray granite.
Ordinance Rooms: Two ordinance rooms (two-stage progressive) and two sealing.
Total Floor Area: 10,700 square feet.
The day of dedication of the Regina Saskatchewan Temple marked a historic first: the dedication of two temples on the same day. President Packer officiated at the dedication in Regina while President Gordon B. Hinckley presided over the dedication of the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple. Plans to dedicate the Halifax temple the day before were abruptly altered November 12 when technicians were unable to repair mechanical difficulties with the airplane that President Hinckley was to take to Nova Scotia. The resulting one-day postponement of the Halifax dedication lead to the decision to hold both on the same day out of consideration for the travel demands placed upon members attending the dedications.
At the dedication, Donna McKay, wife of Prince Albert Saskatchewan Branch President Duane McKay, commented on the relatively mild weather for the time of year in that part of Canada: "They've been predicting storms for two weeks. You know the Lord's hand is in this. November is well-known for freezing rain. We've been very fortunate in traveling to get here." Prince Albert is a four-hour drive to Regina.
Many other families drove hundreds of miles for the event. The Province of Saskatchewan, a 252,000-square mile area in central Canada, has a population of 1 million of whom about 4,500 are Church members. Margaret Johnson of Flin Flon Branch, Saskatoon Saskatchewan Stake, who will turn 89 on Christmas Day, rode with members for seven hours to the dedication. She couldn't seem to stop smiling as she was assisted to the vehicle that would take her home.
The week between the open house and dedication, crews worked around the clock to finish the temple exterior and grounds landscaping. Due to delays caused by a truckers' strike, necessary materials did not arrive until a few days before deadlines. Granite facing was being set 24-hours a day right up to the night before the dedication. At 8:00AM the day before the dedication, a combined group of more than 100 missionaries, youth and adult members laid 18,000 square feet of sod, planted trees, and raised the granite sign in front of the temple. He added that a Canada Winnipeg Mission tri-zone conference was canceled that Saturday morning so that 60 missionaries could assist in the sod laying. Despite the rush, results were impressive.
"It's so majestic," said Dan Morse of Regina 2nd Ward, one of Regina's first converts, as he stood outside the beautiful granite walls. No one, he said, suspected a temple would be built in their city. "Never, never, never," he said. "The whole province has only a million people. At the groundbreaking, I saw some ground turned over, and still couldn't believe it; not until I was in the celestial room when there was plasterboard up when the temple was being constructed could I believe it." Brother Morse served on the local temple committee. He was in attendance when President Hinckley and President Packer visited Regina in August of 1998. Later, President Packer commented on that visit, saying, "We were greatly impressed with the reverence and dedication of the people" (4 December 1999, Church News).