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    • Announcement
    • 1968 Washington D.C. Temple Announced
    • 1975 Seattle Washington Temple Announced
    • Ground Breaking
    • 2011 Ground broken for Fortaleza Brazil Temple

Orlando Florida

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Northern Parula · Setophaga americana
Paul Marvin, XC357621. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/357621

Louisiana Waterthrush · Parkesia motacilla
Paul Marvin, XC357619. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/357619.

Eastern Whip-poor-will · Antrostomus vociferus
Paul Marvin, XC358376. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/358376.

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Orlando Florida Temple Wiki

Description

The Orlando Florida Temple is the 46th operating temple. The Orlando Temple serves 95,000 members in 22 stakes in Florida and one stake in southern Georgia. The temple serves a culturally diverse area and offers ordinance work in forty different languages.

History

Announcement

On 17 February 1990 it was announced by the First Presidency that a temple would be built in Orlando, Florida. [1]

By 30 June 1990 the Church had selected a 13 acre site in Windermere Florida, and efforts to rezone began almost immediately.[2] However local residents soon began to express concern with the plan, saying it did not fit with the nieghborhood.[3]

A Rezoning hearing was held 6 February of the following year. The session ran for 3 hours, with residents voicing opposition and calling the plan a tourist attraction. There was a great show of support for the Church’s representatives from local members and in the end the commission voted 6-1 in favor of allowing the project to move forward.[4]

The dissenting commissioner took up the battle cry of “tourist attraction” and fought to have the council reconsider their vote in favor of the project, and the commission was ready to take up a deliberation on the vote again[5] when a lawsuit to overturn the vote was presented by the local residents. [6] The lawsuit contended that the Commission abandoned its growth plan when approving the project and that local roads could not support the traffic the Temple would inevitably bring.[7]

The Church and local residences were able to settle differences over the project by October of 1991. The Church reduced the size of the temple from a proposed 76,000 down to 70,000. The Church agreed to reduce the seating of the endowment rooms, cut the number of parking spaces down accordingly, and lower the spire ten feet. To address the concerns of the temple becoming a tourist attraction, it was agreed that a visitors center could not be built within 5 miles of the temple.[8]

Groundbreaking

A groundbreaking ceremony and site dedication were held on 20 June 1992, and presided over by Elder James E. Faust, then of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. [9]

Open House

The temple was open for public tours 10-30 September 1994.  By the end of the 18 open hous 93,261 people had toured the temple, an average of 5,181 per day.[10]

Dedication

The Orlando Florida Temple was dedicated 9-11 of October 1994. The temple was dedicated by President Howard W. Hunter.[10] Orlando is one of two temples dedicated by President Hunter, the other is the Bountiful Utah Temple.

The dedication was a huge event with more than 4,000 volunteers needed to direct traffic and guide members to their seats. 20,670 people attended across 12 dedication ceremonies.

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Located near Windermere, it was built with a modern single-spire design. The site of the temple is 13 acres in an area where the 165-foot spire topped with an Angel Moroni statue can be easily seen. 70,000 square foot

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Sources and Links

External links

  • Temple at LDS.org(official)
  • Temple at MormonTemples.org (official)
  • Temple at MormonNewsroom.org (official)
  • Temple at LDSChurchTemples.com
  • Temple at LDSChurchNewsArchive.com
  • Temple at Wikipedia

Additional Articles

Sources/Citation

  1. [1]“A new temple will be built in Orlando,” Church News, 17 February 1990. Accessed 20 August 2017.
  2. [2]Damon Adams, “Mormons Plan Sacred Temple In Orange,” Orlando Sentinal, 30 June 1990. Accessed 20 August 2017
  3. [3]“Moromon Temple Nears Decision,” Orlando Sentinal, 3 February 1991. Accessed 20 August 2017.
  4. [4]Will Wellons “Mormon Temple Finds Acceptance Orange Approves Plan For Sacred Building,” Orlando Sentinel, 6 February 1991. Accessed 20 August 2017.
  5. [5]“Carter Wants New Vote To Deny Mormon Temple,”Orlando Sentinel, 13 February 1991.  Accessed 20 August 2017.
  6. [6]Will Wellons, “Homeowners Appeal To Court In Dispute Over Mormon Temple,” Orlando Sentinel, 15 February 1991. Accessed 20 August 2017.
  7. [7]Will Wellons, “Court Fight Casts Doubt On Mormon Temple Timetable,” Orlando Sentinel, 19 March 1991. Accessed 20 August 2017.
  8. [8]Will Wellons, “Mormons Will Build Scaled-down Temple in Orange,” Orlando Sentinel, 11 October 1991. Accessed 20 August 2017.
  9. [9] “News of the Church”Ensign, September 1992
  10. [10]Gerry Avant, “Pres. Hunter Dedicates Orlando Temple,” Deseret News, 10 October 1994. Accessed 20 August 2017.

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