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Meridian Idaho

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

Vertices: 1,021,360
Faces: 978,157
Objects: 636
File Size: 12.3


Meridian Idaho Temple Wiki


The Meridian Idaho Temple is a temple in Meridian, Idaho.[1]



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.

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,[3] and the Pending groundbreaking was announced  18 July 2014.[4]


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]


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]

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 200,000 people toured the interior and grounds of the temple during the public open house.[8]

More than 5,000 volunteers — comprised of members from the 16 stakes in the temple district — helped make the open house a success.

205,000 visitors toured the temple during it’s day open house, an average of per-day.[9]

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 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 around the world. It will be the fifth temple to be built in the state of Idaho. The other four temples are the Boise Idaho Temple (1984), Idaho Falls Idaho Temple (1945), Twin Falls Idaho Temple (2008), and Rexburg Idaho Temple (2008). A sixth temple, in Pocatello, has also been announced.


The Meridian Idaho Temple stands on 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.


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.



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]


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.




Spires and Moroni


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



Individuals and Contractors

Architect  The Richardson Design Partnership
Project Manager  Tom Lindhardt

Sources and Links

External links

  • Temple at
  • Temple at (official)
  • Temple at (official)
  • Temple at
  • Temple at
  • Temple at Wikipedia

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.

Sources and Links


This post currently has 10 responses

    • 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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