Meridian Idaho Temple

Meridian Idaho Temple

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Video and Model Details


Finished well before the groundbreaking, and based off information submitted to Ada County, this is by far my favorite video right now. For the most part, even the trees are the right ones. On top of that, I researched what color all those trees turn in the fall and used that information for the final segment of the video.


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Modeled: 2.65
Render: Cycles

Whole Scene

Vertices: 1,059,447
Faces: 1,013,307
Objects: 1327
File Size: 15.3

Temple Only

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Objects: 636
File Size: 12.3


Meridian Idaho Temple Wiki


The Meridian Idaho Temple is a temple in Meridian, Idaho.[1] There are approximately 426,000 Latter-day Saints in Idaho. Meridian, the third largest and fastest-growing city in the state, is located about eleven miles west of Boise. From 2000 to 2010, the city experienced 115 percent increase in population. During this time of rapid expansion, three additional stakes were organized in Meridian and four more in the surrounding communities of Nampa (the second largest city in the state), Kuna, and Middleton.



The intent to build the temple was announced on 2 April 2011, during the Saturday morning session of the 181st Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by President Thomas S. Monson. The temple was announced in conjunction with the Fort Collins Colorado and Winnipeg Manitoba. President Monsond declared, “[The new temples] will certainly be a blessing to our members in those areas.”1 The Meridian Idaho Temple was built to help alleviate some of the strain on the Boise Idaho Temple by serving a growing number of members in the area. Prior to the dedication of the Meridian Temple it was not uncommon to see the rooms at the Boise Idaho Temple filled to capacity.

Tom Lindhardt, project manager for the temple construction, said the temple announcement was a welcomed surprise to residents. “I think it caught a lot of them off guard with the Boise [Idaho] Temple already in the valley, just a little over 12 miles away. I don’t think they expected to have another temple so close and in their vicinity.”

Planning and Approval

On December 19, 2011 the LDS Church’s Public Affairs office announced that the Meridian Idaho Temple would be constructed at 7345 North Linder Road. This location is a few blocks north of the intersection of North Linder Road and Chinden Blvd.[2]

An official rendering for the temple was released by the Church on 16 May 2013 in conjunction with a neighborhood meeting held as part of the government approval process.2 The design is a departure from the traditional towers and steeples of other Latter-day Saint temples, reminiscent of the Cardston Alberta Temple—the faith’s first temple to be designed without a tower, though the Laie Hawaii Temple (based on the Cardston design) was dedicated earlier. The multi-level temple will be topped with a beautiful gold dome-like structure supporting a gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni. A meetinghouse and utility building will share the property.
[3] and the Pending groundbreaking was announced  18 July 2014.[4]

On August 8, 2013, the Ada County Planning and Zoning Commission approved the application for conditional use, master site plan, hillside development, private road, property boundary adjustment, landscaping, lighting, and signage approval for the Meridian Idaho Temple, an adjoining meetinghouse, and a utility building. The public hearing, which lasted four and a half hours, drew standing-room-only crowds and culminated in a 3-2 vote in favor of the plans with a restriction that nighttime lighting be limited to ground level after 10:00 p.m. The hearing first began on July 11, but it was tabled until the next meeting so that additional visuals representing the bulk, mass, and height of the temple as seen from the west and southwest could be produced.

On October 23, 2013, following a four-hour public hearing, the Ada County commissioners voted 2-0 to uphold the approval granted by the Planning and Zoning Commission for the Meridian Idaho Temple project. The hearing was scheduled after a resident appealed the commission’s August 8 decision, saying that the temple would have an adverse impact on the continued enjoyment of her property. One of the three commissioners was absent, and one of the two present asserted his impartiality, though he is a member of the Church. Nearly 60 people gave testimony, about 80 percent in favor of the temple. The resident who filed said the temple’s size, lighting, noise, and contribution to traffic would be “grossly intrusive to my life and my property.” The project manager noted the fast development of the area, which is no longer rural. Another neighbor of the temple concurred saying, “There is a reality, and the reality is if this land doesn’t have a temple on it, it’s going to have something on it. I would rather look at a quiet, sacred space.”1


Elder David A. Bednar, of the church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, presided at the temple’s groundbreaking on Saturday, 23 August 2014.[5] He was joined by Elder Kent F. Richards, executive director of the Temple Department. Also present at the ceremony were some community and civic leaders including Meridian Mayor Tammy DeWeerd, Eagle Mayor James Reynolds, and Ada County Commissioner Dave Case. They all joined Elder Bednar to turn the first shovels of dirt on the project.

During his remarks, Elder Bednar said, “What I pray you will remember is to have gratitude not just today as we assemble here, but gratitude when the way is easy. When attending the temple becomes easy, when it no longer requires much travel to get to a temple, the natural man and the natural woman in each of us often forgets to be grateful.”[6]

Elder Bednar also expressed gratitude for the faithful members of the Church all around the world as well as for those in the Meridian area. After the ceremony, those in attendance were invited to shovel some of the dirt on the site as part of the groundbreaking.


While there was some public opposition to the temple, it had primarily died down by the time temple construction began. There were reports of theft of tools from the site.

Additionally there was a vandalism incident. Someone broke into the construction area on a weekend and used black spray paint to cover walls with graffiti — including racist symbols and anti-religious messages. The vandals also emptied tubes of construction adhesive on the walls and floors of the building, causing at least $500 worth of damage.[7]

Local Latter-day Saints expressed their appreciation to those building the temple by providing treats and lunches to the construction workers. “The Primary children will write notes to the workers, and that touches them more than you could imagine. And it just shows the excitement through the valley for this new temple that they get in their backyard,” Lindhart said.

Open House

The public open house for the Meridian Idaho Temple was held on Saturday, 21 October 2017, through 11 November 2017, except for the Sundays of 22 and 29 October and 5 November 2017. More than 205,000 people toured the interior and grounds of the temple during the public open house,[8][9] an average of 10,789 per day for each of the 19 days of the open house.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and his wife, Lori Otter, Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, and his wife, Rebecca Johnson Labrador, and Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, and his wife, Vicki Risch, toured the temple along with other state and local leaders.

Whether it was guiding guests to a parking spot or leading visitors through the temple, more than 5,000 volunteers — comprised of members from the 16 stakes in the temple district — helped make the open house a success.

Cultural Celebration

A youth cultural celebration honoring Idaho and Church history, featuring over 6,000 Treasure Valley youths performing music and dance was held Saturday, 18 November 2017. The celebration, titled “Be strong, Steadfast and Immovable,” was held at the Taco Bell Arena on the Boise State University campus in Boise. LDS members including church leaders from far and wide came to be a part of the celebration.


The temple was dedicated on 19 November 2017 by Dieter F. Uchtdorf in three sessions at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. [10][11] The dedication was broadcast to members of the Church in Idaho and the temple district. The three-hour block of meetings was canceled for those congregations to enable members of the Church to participate and focus on this sacred event.

Dedicatory Prayer

Dedication Order

The Meridian Idaho Temple is the Church’s 158th operating temple in the world, the 80th in the United States, the 5th temple to be built in the state of Idaho, and the 2nd in Ada County. The other four temples are the Boise Idaho Temple (also in Ada County,) Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, Twin Falls Idaho Temple, and Rexburg Idaho Temple.

At the time of dedication there were 12 temples under construction, 13 temples awaiting groundbreaking, and 5 temples undergoing renovation.

Under Construction Awaiting Groundbreaking Under Renovation
Rome Italy Urdaneta Philippines Frankfurt Germany
Concepcion Chile Abidjan Ivory Coast Jordan River Utah
Fortaleza Brazil Port-au-Prince Tokyo Japan
Lisbon Portugal Bangkok Thailand Memphis Tennessee
Winnipeg Manitoba Quito Ecuador Oklahoma City Oklahoma
Barranquilla Columbia Harare Zimbabwe
Durban South Africa Belem Brazil
Kinshasa D. R. C. Lima Peru Los Olivos
Tucson Arizona Brasilia Brazil
Arequipa Peru Greater Manila Philippines
Cedar City Utah Nairobi Kenya
Rio De Janeiro Brazil Pocatello Idaho
Saratoga Springs Utah


Temple President Years Served
President James R. McCauley 2017–

The Meridian Idaho Temple stands on a bluff that overlooks the Boise River at 7345 North Linder Road in Meridian, approximately a 12-mile (or 20-minute) drive from the Boise Idaho Temple, a few blocks north of the intersection of North Linder Road and Chinden Boulevard. The two temples will serve together to meet the needs of the Saints of the Treasure Valley and its surrounding region. It serves more than 60,000 Latter-day Saints in 16 stakes in the greater Boise area, including a few stakes in eastern Oregon.


Lindhardt said the Sawtooths and other mountains in the area influenced the temple’s design, which had its beginnings when he visited the temple site on a rainy March day more than five years ago. The temple is located in an agricultural area settled by descendants of Mormon colonizers.

“It was just a hay field,” said Lindhardt. He continued, “[The temple has] kind of a unique shape and design. … It doesn’t have the traditional tall spires of a lot of the Latter-day Saint temples.”

The temple’s dome has an octagonal shape. “It has a titanium shingle in it that changes color depending on the sunlight, kind of from a brown to a gold to a tan,” he added.


Exterior design themes include agriculture and mountains. The temple’s primary exterior color palette features creamy white, gold, turquoise and bronze.


The exterior colors are re-used in the art-glass designs. Many windows feature a floral theme, starting with seed elements at the base, then long stems reaching upward, and rising to blossoming lily-like flowers at the top.



There are 2 inscriptions on the Meridian Idaho Temple. The first is on the east side of the temple at the top of the temple. The inscription is engraved in the precast concrete and painted black.


The second inscription is above the entrance to the temple. Like the inscription on the east side, it is engraved into the concrete and painted black.



The cornerstone on the Meridian Idaho Temple is on the south east corner of the temple facing east. The text is engraved into the concrete panel and painted black.


Spires and Moroni


The temple has no traditional spire, instead featuring a very prominent central tower, topped with an 8 sided dome.


The Angel Moroni Statue was added to the top of the Meridian Idaho Temple on 20 July 2016. A small crowd of onlookers gathered to watch the event. The statue is a fiberglass casting of a statue carved in 1985 by Karl Quilter and was placed on the temple to face south.


There are more than 100 paintings inside the temple, including 10 original pieces of art. Two original murals reflect the Idaho mountains and wilderness.


Other floral designs are used throughout the temple; the camas flowers and the white syringa, Idaho’s state flower. They are used in the stained-glass windows to the carpet carvings in the celestial and sealing rooms.


The Interior of the temple was constructed with marble quarried from Sunny Vinato marble from Egypt, Italy, and Spain.[12]


The woodwork in the Meridian Idaho Temple is Sapele wood from Africa.

Instruction Rooms

The temple has three instruction rooms, 2 two featuring wrap-around murals of regional landscapes and a third with ornate willwork. The endowment is presented in a progressive style, with patrons starting in one of the two muraled rooms then moving to the to the Third room to finish the presentation.

Sealing Rooms

The temple has five sealing rooms.

Individuals and Contractors

Architect  The Richardson Design Partnership
Project Manager  Tom Lindhardt
Contractor  Jacobsen Construction
Engineering Review Morrison Hershfield
Interior stone Global Stone

Sources and Links

External links

Additional Articles


  1. [1]“Church Announces New Temples in Canada, Colorado and Idaho”, (News Release), LDS Church, April 2, 2011, retrieved January 5, 2015
  2. [2]“Site Announced for Meridian Idaho Temple”, (News Release), LDS Church, December 19, 2011, retrieved January 5, 2015
  3. [3]Linda Williams, Rendering of Meridian Idaho LDS temple released,”
  4. [4]Rachel Konishi, “LDS Church announces date for Meridian Idaho Temple groundbreaking,”
  5. [5]Sowell, John (August 24, 2014), “LDS Church breaks ground for new Meridian temple”, Idaho Statesman
  6. [6]“Meridian Idaho Temple,”
  7. [7]Nate Eaton, “LDS temple construction site vandalized in Idaho,”
  8. [8]“Dedication Dates Announced for Tucson, Meridian and Cedar City Temples: Open house will begin in June for the Tucson Arizona Temple”, Newsroom, LDS Church, January 26, 2017
  9. [9], “Tours of the new LDS Meridian temple are over. Here’s what we know about who came,” Idaho Statesman, 14 November 2017.
  10. [10]Prescott, Marianne Holman (November 19, 2017). “‘A steadfast and immovable line’ to eternity: Meridian Idaho LDS Temple is dedicated”. Deseret News. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  11. [11]“Meridian Idaho Temple Is Dedicated: Fifth Idaho temple is the 158th worldwide”, Newsroom, LDS Church, November 19, 2017
  12. [12]Caldwell, Tiffany (November 19, 2017). “Mormon church dedicates fifth temple in Idaho”. The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved November 20, 2017.

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This post currently has 13 responses

  • Any chance you would be willing to export your 3d model as a .STL file and upload it on It would be great to be able to 3d print the Meridian Temple and I unfortunately don’t have the time to make the model myself right now.

    • Thank you for your interest in my work, however as it states on my contact and FAQ pages, I neither give out or sell my digital files. My models are made for fast video render, and are not compatible with 3D printing anyway. That being said, each model represents an investment of 80 or more hours (In the case of Meridian, much more,) and I do not give them out.

  • I live across the street from the Payson Utah Temple and am an ordinance worker there. I have not noticed the inscriptions except in the front where I enter but leave all of those decisions to those in charge. I am coming to the Meridian Temple on Tues. Oct. 23. I am very anxious to see its unique design, It will be my 84th temple to visit and do work in, The pictures remind me of the Tuscon temple, Now just have to find a hotel close by. Dawna

    • I would expect it only on the south and east sides. It is on the east because that is a traditional place for it to be placed, as a tribute to the direction of Christs return. It is above the south entrance so as to be a reminder to those who are entering the temple. There are no public entrances on the North and West.

      Many temples have this inscription on two sides, but I have not found any temple that has it on all 4 sides.

  • Dear Brian,
    Thank you for your response. I suspect the local project architect did not know and left it off as a mistake, if indeed it is not there.
    Allen Erekson

    • Allen,
      Sorry it has taken so long to respond. Coincidentally, I received an email from one of the Meridian construction missionaries this afternoon asking some questions about my temple video. I took the opportunity to ask about the Inscription and was informed that yes, there will be one on the east side, near the top of the temple below the tower. In the red circle, if I understood right:
      Meridian Second Inscription Location
      Clarification: This site is not associated with the Church, and is a fan site. Unlike as has been recently claimed by another website, the Church did not forget to put a “Holiness to the Lord, House of the Lord” inscription on the Meridian Temple. I, Brian Olson, forgot to put the inscription on my fan created model of the Meridian Temple. Any other claim based upon this comment thread is false, and a deliberate attempt to deceive people.

  • Dear Brian,
    Thank you for your response. I, like many other members of the church, have a special interest in temples and the symbolism and/or doctrines they teach. There is one more area of reason for existing rational of placement of themes or objects, i.e. directions from leadership. We belong to an organization that believes in a living church; instructions from a living oracle, who receives directions and gives instructions as needed. Also sometimes the decisions are made by assigned individuals such as informed and uninformed architects or designers. I suspect with the present project under discussion, it was an oversight on the part of the project architect.
    Allen Erekson

    • While this is true, the review process for Temple designs is exhaustive, usually taking a couple of years. More likely is that the plans I made my model from, plans that were submitted to the city council and became public record, were from an early and incomplete set of plans. Or there is in no east inscription on this temple. Again, the plans I worked off of did not show the east side, only the south side. The only way we will know is when the exterior goes up on the east side of the temple.

    • An interesting question. I don’t have a definitive answer but let me tell you things I know.

      First and most importantly, we have a tendency in this Church to assume that things are doctrine when they are merely tradition. (Angel Moroni facing east is one of these traditions.)

      I have been able to find an inscription (HOLINESS TO THE LORD THE HOUSE OF THE LORD) on the east or east most face of EVERY temple except on. That one is Manhattan, and the east face of the Manhattan temple is a shared wall with the building next door.

      In recent years it has become common to have more than one inscription on the temple. This usually includes one inscription near the entrance, and one on the east most side as well.

      There are at least 11 temples that have 3 inscriptions.

      There are at least 62 temples that have 2 inscriptions.

      Last month, The Mount Timpanogos Utah temple, which has only ever had an Inscription on the East side of the temple, had a second inscription added to the West side by the entrance.
      More temples have an Inscription near or above the entrance than don’t.

      Meridian Has an inscription by the entrance, but I have not been able to confirm that it DOES NOT have another inscription anywhere else on the temple.

  • Wow! you are getting really really good. This is your best work yet. I appreciate your editing together various views to give us a more complete view of the temple.

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