Albuquerque New Mexico


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Current Video

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This is my current model of The Albuquerque New Mexico Temple. This model has issues, specifically with the rendering. I’ve been doing night shots for 4 temples now and I am already pushing my new computer to and past it’s abilities. There are some new things coming to blender, sow e will see how those play out before we do another version of the video.

This model has improved details, realistic trees, and more additional details around the grounds.


Cranes, Albuquerque – delaneyh

Matt Baumann, XC356096. Accessible at


Modeled: 2.79a
Render: Cycles

Whole Scene

Vertices: 22,041,221
Faces: 12,335,958
Objects: 644
File Size:35.4 mb

Temple Only

Vertices: 348,123
Faces: 315,974
Objects: 169
File Size: 4.6

First Video

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This is my model of The Albuquerque New Mexico Temple. I don’t go through 20 revisions of a model before publishing these days. My abilities have improved significantly. This is only the second model I have made for Albuquerque. The first model was for Google Earth, and can currently be seen when using Google Earth with the 3D Building Layer turned on. It was the first model of this temple made with full detail. I may be rendering out the older version someday, but that will be awhile. Meanwhile you can see the old model in Google Earth, if you really want to see it.


Water 1 – UncleSigmund
Wind blowing in the bush on the top of Kitt Peak mountain – felix.blume
Cranes, Albuquerque – delaneyh


Modeled: 2.63
Render: Cycles

Whole Scene

 Vertices: 31,942
 Faces: 25,205
 Objects: 281
 File Size: 4.6

Temple Only

 Vertices: 25,631
 Faces: 20,781
 Objects: 52
 File Size: 3.1

simple model

Simple Model

Model Details


This is my Google Earth model of the Albuquerque New Mexico Temple. It is extremely low poly, to meet the requirements of Google Earth. The Textures are further reduced to meet the requirements of p3d.ini.


Modeled: Blender 2.49
Render: WebGL render engine

Temple Only

 Vertices: 462
Faces: 387
Objects: 2
File Size: 593kb mb



The Albuquerque New Mexico Temple is the 73rd operating temple. The Albuquerque New Mexico Temple serves about 55,000 members in New Mexico and bordering parts of Arizona and Colorado. It sits on 8.5 acres (34,000 m2) in northeast Albuquerque.



The Temple was announced on Saturday, 5 April 1997 during the Saturday Morning session of the 167th Annual Conference by President Gordon B. Hinckley.[1][2]


Ground for the Albuquerque New Mexico Temple was broken in a special ceremony on June 20, 1998. About 6,500 members attended the event which had a 600-voice youth choir providing the music. Elder Lynn A. Mickelsen of the Seventy conducted the ground breaking.[3][4]

Local Church members, civic leaders, neighbors of the temple, religious leaders in the community and the media were invited to attend. More than 6,500 members of the Church were in attendance, including a 600-voice youth choir. Elder Mickelsen commented, “It is during these special moments that we can feel and see the hand of the Lord moving in the work. You might not remember everything that was said this warm and glorious morning, but you will remember the feeling. What you feel today will help you in your search for happiness throughout your lives.” [5]

In his remarks, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, who was then of the Seventy but later became a member of the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, explained, “The temple is a place where people can step outside the worldliness and refresh, regroup and reorient themselves as to what really matters. It is a place to gain strength and gain fresh perspectives.”[6]

Open House

From 17-26 of February 2000 an open house was held for the Albuquerque Temple. During the 10-day open house 73,402 people toured the Temple, an average of 7,340 people per day.[7] During the open house some visitors, who were members of other churches, commented on the spiritual nature of the building. Others noticed its fine craftsmanship. A visitor described the new building with the word ‘powerful.’[8]


LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the temple on 5 March 2000. During the dedicatory prayer, Hinckley expressed his hope that the new temple would turn the hearts of the LDS members to their families. “Let it be a sanctuary of peace, a refuge from the noise of the world. May it be a house of quiet contemplation.” Approximately 13,500 people attended the 4 dedicatory sessions, an average of 3,250 people per session.[9][10]


The temple opened for work on 6 March 2000.


Temple PresidentYears Served
Perry M. Webb2018–
W. James Kearns2015–2018
Harry V. Payne[11]2012–2015
W. Douglas Shumway[12]2009–2012
Ivan G. Waddoups[13]2006–2009
Allen E. Litster[14]2003–2006
E. Wayne Pratt[15]2000–2003



The Temple is located prominently on the northeast edge of Albuquerque, just west of the Sandia mountain range.


The temple is 134 ft (40.84 m) wide and 145 ft (44.19 m) long. It is 3,181.46 sq ft (34.2245 m2) in total floor area, and sits on a 16,076 sq ft (1,493.51 m2) footprint.


The exterior is finished with desert rose colored pre-cast concrete, which appears to be different colors, including pink or tan, based on the time of day. [16]

The foundation of the temple is trimmed with Texas pearl granite.


Small Windows in sets of twelve, inset into a concrete grid, in the arches that also contain the moonstones on each side of the temple. It also features one large stained glass window on the East Side.

Albuquerque Celestial
Celestial Room Window


The temple has an interior total of 34,245 square feet (3,181.5 m2)


The Motif of the Albuquerque Temple is a Southwestern theme, melding aspects of three local cultures, American Indian, Hispanic and Anglo.[17] Two Navajo tapestries, handmade by an elderly Navajo woman, hang in the entryway, one of which includes 35 colors made from natural vegetable dyes. Native American pottery and handwoven baskets are featured inside the temple. Oil paintings of Southwest landscapes, pictures of the Savior, stained glass windows and the celestial room’s hand-painted ceiling all contribute to the quiet elegance and peace of the temple.


The temple has a total of 34,245 square feet (3,181.5 m2), two ordinance rooms, and three sealing rooms.



The Albuquerque temple has stars extruding from the precast concrete on the lowest section of the spire. There are 5 on each side, for 20 stars total.


The Temple has 2 representations of the sun. The first is on the west side, molded into the precast concrete. The second is directly opposite, in the single large stained glass panel on the east side.


The North and south 4 contain a large circle within the top of the arch. The 4 on the east contain 4 representations of the moon at various stages. near full, waxing, waning and near new. Of the six on the front, the most north and most south are empty circles (possibly representing a full moon and a new moon respectively.) The other 4 mirror the 4 on the east side, making 8 representations of the moon.


The Albuquerque temple has 19 arches spaced around its exterior (4 north, 4 east, 4 south, 7 west.) One of these contains the previously mentioned sun.


The Albuquerque Temple has a single keystone. It is located in the arch above the entrance, above the sunstone on the west side.


There is one engraving on the Albuquerque Temple. The engraving is on the center east section of the temple underneath the spire. The inscriptions is engraved and gilded, and is English.



Near the south east corner, on the east side of the temple, facing east. The Inscription is engraved and gilded, and is in English.


Spires and Moroni


The Albuquerque New Mexico Temple has a single spire about 120 ft (36.58 m) tall. It is formed by three irregular stacked blocks , a large width short block at the bottom, a medium width tall block in the center, and a narrow block closer to the height of the base block at the bottom. The Spire is on the east end, center line of the temple


The statue is a fiberglass and gold leafed casting of Karl Quilter‘s 1982, 7 foot statue with a closed left fist and tight fitting sleeves. The statue was placed on 18 June 1999 and faces South east. [18]

Individuals and Contractors

Manager Fanning Bard & Tatum
Project Manager
James Aulestia, Lloyd Hess
ContractorOkland Construction Co

Sources and Links

External links

  • (official)
  • (official)
  • Wikipedia

Additional Articles – Albuquerque New Mexico Temple – Albuquerque New Mexico
Oakland Construction – Albuquerque New Mexico Temple
“Albuquerque New Mexico Temple.” Accessed 9 April 2015
Hinckley, Gordon B. “Open the Hands of Thy Bounty.”, 5 March 2000. Accessed 7 August 2015.
Traver, Holly (June 27, 1998), “Ground broken for temple in New Mexico”Church News
“Angel Moroni statues placed atop 2 temples”, Church News, June 26, 1999
“Open house, dedication set for Albuquerque temple”, Church News, Feb 5, 2000
“‘A place that ties families together'”, Church News, March 11, 2000
Weaver, Sarah Jane (March 11, 2000), “Temple melding members of three cultures”, Church News
“News of the Church,” Ensign, Sept. 1998, 78.


  1. [1]Hinckley, Gordon B.“ May We Be Faithful and True.”, 5 April 1997. Accessed 22 January 2015
  2. [2]“Open House, Dedication Set for Albuquerque Temple.”, 5 February 2000. Accessed 6 January 2015
  3. [3]Traver, Holly “Ground Broken For Temple in New Mexico.”, 27 June 1998. accessed 9 April 2015
  4. [4]“Open House, Dedication Set for Albuquerque Temple.”, 5 February 2000. Accessed 6 January 2015
  5. [5] “News of the Church,” Ensign, Sept. 1998, 78
  6. [6]Holly Traver, “Ground Broken for Temple in New Mexico,” Church News, June 27, 1998,
  7. [7]“Open House, Dedication Set for Albuquerque Temple.”, 5 February 2000. Accessed 6 January 2015
  8. [8] Weaver, Sarah Jane (March 11, 2000), “Temple melding members of three cultures”, Church News
  9. [9]Hollinbaugh, Joe “Albuquerque Temple third dedicated in eight days.”, 7 March 2000. Accessed 9 April 2015
  10. [10]
    Albuquerque New Mexico Temple dedicatory prayer, in Church News, March 11, 2000,
  11. [11]“New Temple Presidents.”, 12 May 2012. Accessed 9 April 2015
  12. [12]“New Temple Presidents.”, 13 June 2009. Accessed 6 January 2015
  13. [13]“New Temple Presidents.”, 29 July 2006. Accessed 9 April 2015
  14. [14]“New Temple Presidents.”, 30 August 2003. Accessed 6 January 2015
  15. [15]“New Temple Presidents.”, 26 February 2000. Accessed 6 January 2015
  16. [16]“Albuquerque New Mexico Temple.” Accessed 9 April 2015
  17. [17] Weaver, Sarah Jane (March 11, 2000), “Temple melding members of three cultures”, Church News
  18. [18]“Angel Moroni statues placed atop 2 temples”, Church News, June 26, 1999


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