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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- 1 Video and Model Details
- 2 Video
- 3 Audio
- 4 Technical
- 5 Renders
- 6 Meridian Idaho Temple Wiki
- 6.1 Description
- 6.2 History
- 6.3 Presidents
- 6.4 Details
- 6.5 Individuals and Contractors
- 7 Sources and Links
- 8 Social and Sharing
The Meridian Idaho Temple is a temple in Meridian, Idaho. 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 (19.31 kilometres) 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.
An official rendering for the temple was released by the Church on 16 May 2013 in (5113.02 centimetres) 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.
 and the Pending groundbreaking was announced 18 July 2014.
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. 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.”
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.  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.
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.
HOLINESS TO THE LORD
THE HOUSE OF THE LORD
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.
HOLINESS TO THE LORD
THE HOUSE OF THE LORD
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.
The woodwork in the Meridian Idaho Temple is Sapele wood from Africa.
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.
The temple has five sealing rooms.
Individuals and Contractors
|Architect||The Richardson Design Partnership|
|Project Manager||Tom Lindhardt|
|Engineering Review||Morrison Hershfield|
|Interior stone||Global Stone|
Sources and Links
- MormonTemples.org (official)
- MormonNewsroom.org (official)
- A first look inside the Mormon temple in Meridian, Idaho
- Open House Begins for Meridian Idaho Temple
- Angel Moroni Statue Tops Meridian Idaho Temple
- ‘It is a sacred place for us,’ say the youth of the Meridian temple district
- “Church Announces New Temples in Canada, Colorado and Idaho”, MormonNewsroom.org (News Release), LDS Church, April 2, 2011, retrieved January 5, 2015↩
- “Site Announced for Meridian Idaho Temple“, MormonNewsroom.org (News Release), LDS Church, December 19, 2011, retrieved January 5, 2015↩
- “Rendering of Meridian Idaho LDS temple released,” KSL.com↩
- Meridian Idaho Temple groundbreaking,” ↩ , “LDS Church announces date for
- Sowell, John (August 24, 2014), “LDS Church breaks ground for new Meridian temple”, Idaho Statesman↩
- “Meridian Idaho Temple,” MormontTemples.org↩
- “LDS temple construction site vandalized in Idaho,” KSL.com.↩ ,
- “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↩
- “Tours of the new LDS Meridian temple are over. Here’s what we know about who came,” Idaho Statesman, 14 November 2017.↩ ,
- 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.↩
- “Meridian Idaho Temple Is Dedicated: Fifth Idaho temple is the 158th worldwide”, Newsroom, LDS Church, November 19, 2017↩
- Caldwell, Tiffany (November 19, 2017). “Mormon church dedicates fifth temple in Idaho”. The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved November 20, 2017.↩