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The Newport Beach California Temple is the 122nd temple. The temple was built to serve the 50,000 Latter-day Saints in Orange County at the time.[1]



The First Presidency announced on 20 April 2001 that a temple would be built in Newport Beach, California.[2] It was announced in conjunction with the Redlands California and Scramento California Temples.

During the planing and proposal stages for the temple the Church worked very closely with concerned residents of the area. Many compromises were made to the original plan. An agreement was made to turn the exterior lighting off by 11:00 p.m. (Prior to this temples would typically stay light all night.) The exterior finish of the temple was changed from an off-white granite similar to Redlands California Temple‘s design to an earth tone comprised of Salisbury pink granite from North Carolina. Additionally an agreement was made to reduce the height of the spire 124 feet (38 m) to 100 feet. During planning the Church chose to lower the height an additional 10 feet to 90 feet (27 m).[3][4]


A groundbreaking ceremony and site dedication for the Newport Beach Temple were held on 15 August 2003. Duane B. Gerrard, first counselor in the North America West Area Presidency, presided at the ceremony and dedication.[5]

Open House

Prior to the dedication an open house was held 23 July–20 August 2005. 175,000 people attended during the 25  day Open House an open house, an average of  7,000 per day.[6]


The Newport Beach California Temple was dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley on 28 August 2005 over 4 sessions.

Dedicatory Prayer

Dedication Order

The Temple is the 122nd operating Temple of the Church, the 60th Temple in the United States and the sixth temple in California.


The temple has a total of 17,800 square feet (1,650 m2), two ordinance rooms, and three sealing rooms. It is located on an 8.8-acre campus, on Bonita Canyon Road, at Prairie Drive, near California State Route 73.[7][8]


Similar to the Redlands California Temple, it uses interior and exterior architectural themes consistent with what was used in the Spanish missions of the early Western US and Mexico.[9]The interior includes murals of the California coast.[10]

The temple is topped by a cupola topped with a statue of the angel Moroni. As with many of it’s contemporary temples, the Newport Beach California Temple is built on the grounds of an existing stake center and shares parking with it.


Salisbury pink granite from North Carolina





Spires and Moroni



An angel Moroni statue was placed on top of the spire of the temple on 13 January 2005.

Sculptor  Karl Quilter
Version  1982
Placed  13 January 2005

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Individuals and Contractors

Architect  Lloyd Platt & Associates
Project Architect  Allen Erekson
Project Manager  Vern Hancock
Contractor  Jacobsen Construction

Sources and Links

External links

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Additional Articles

Newport Beach California Temple Construction Photos – Includes a comprehensive running history of the temple through construction


  1. [1]Mehta, Seema (July 24, 2005). “Crowds Drop In on Mormon Temple’s Open House”Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  2. [2]“Three Temples Announced for California”, Ensign, July 2001. Accessed 6 August 2017.
  3. [3]Pepper, Ann (January 13, 2005). “Mormon temple topped off”The Orange County Register. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014.
  4. [4] Newport Beach City Council Minutes, November 12, 2002
  5. [5]“Ground Broken for Newport Beach Temple” Church News
  6. [6] Penrod, Sam (August 28, 2005). “LDS Temple Dedicated in Newport Beach”. KSL-TV. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  7. [7] Cunningham, Bill (December 28, 2007). “In The Spirit: Misconceptions follow Mormon faith”. The Orange County Register. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  8. [8]Lobdell, William (July 13, 2001). “Mormons Pick Site, Give Details of Proposed Temple in Newport”Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 7,2015.
  9. [9] Davis, Erik (2006). The Visionary State: A Journey Through California’s Spiritual Landscape. San Francisco, California: Chronicle Books. p. 28.
  10. [10]Dodero, Tony (July 29, 2005). “New Mormon temple welcomes visitors”Huntington Beach Independent. Retrieved December 29, 2014.

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