Rexburg Idaho Temple

Rexburg Idaho Temple

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The Rexburg Idaho Temple is the 125th operating temple. A number of the patrons of the Rexburg Idaho Temple come from the university’s student body and from Mormon congregations in the Upper Snake River Valley in eastern Idaho.



The announcement of teh Rexburg Idaho Temple was made by the First Presidency on December 20, 2003 via a letter to local leaders dated 12 December 2003. The announcement of the Rexburg Idaho Temple came three and a half years after the announcement that two-year Ricks College would become four-year Brigham Young University–Idaho.

Prior to the announcement Students who wanted to attend the temple have had to travel 30 miles to the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, and it became increasingly difficult to make the trip for many of the students attending Ricks College, due to funds and transportation. With the announcement of the Rexburg Temple, many were ecstatic and looked forward to a temple close by.

Planning and Approval

On Tuesday, June 28, 2005, Architectural Nexus applied for its building permit to begin preparation work for the temple site. Included in the application materials were building and site plans. The plans revealed a five-story, 57,504 square-foot building. The single steeple, set on the east side of the east-facing building, would rise 168 feet, topped by a gold-leafed statue of Moroni. A garden plaza would separate the temple from an adjacent stake center to the west, leaving only the temple and its landscaping visible from 7th South.[1]


Groundbreaking for the Rexburg Idaho Temple took place July 30, 2005. While most temple groundbreakings are limited to invited guests, (usually doe to traffic and parking concerns) the groundbreaking ceremony for the Rexburg Idaho Temple was open to any and all who desired to attend. Over 8,000 people crowded on the field where the temple now stands.

Elder John H. Groberg of the Seventy, newly called as president of the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, presided at the Saturday groundbreaking for the temple. Elder Ronald J. Hammond, an Area Authority of the Seventy from Rexburg, noted, “As the ground opens and as the shovel breaks it and turns it, your spiritual senses will know immediately that something very, very significant is happening—something that at once disturbs the devil and blesses God’s children on both sides of the veil.”[2]

Open House

On August 30, 2007, it was announced that the temple’s open house would begin on December 29, 2007 and run through January 26, 2008. Reservations for the open house were snatched up in the first week after they became available, giving committee planners its first indication that its original estimate of 150,000 visitors was too low. Tour group sizes were regularly increased and additional early-morning and evening tours were added to each day.

To keep the open house running efficiently, over 10,000 volunteers willingly gave their time and talents including handing out over 10,000 cookies a day and 60,000 gallons of punch. Other responsibilities included leading tours, ushering, directing traffic, and putting foot coverings over visitors’ shoes. Volunteers of all ages participated including a large number of eager BYU–Idaho students.[3]

Over 200,000 visitors toured the temple across the 25 days it was active, an average of 8,000 people per day.

Cultural Celebration

On the night before the temple was dedicated, Church members gathered in BYU–Idaho’s Hart Auditorium for a cultural celebration. Through song and dramatic performance, some 2,000 youth from the temple district’s 17 stakes told the history of the Church in the area and celebrated the temple’s completion. One of the celebration’s themes was wheat, a motif that is also incorporated into the design of the temple’s breathtaking art-glass windows. The celebration was broadcast to stake centers and other buildings on campus to accommodate the great number in attendance. Narration highlighted significant events from Upper Snake River Valley history including pioneer struggles, the founding of Ricks Academy, and the role of agriculture. The level and diversity of talent was outstanding.[4]


The dedication for the Rexburg Idaho Temple was scheduled to be held on February 3, 2008. On the evening of January 27, 2008, one week before the scheduled dedication of the temple, news traveled across the globe of the passing of President Gordon B. Hinckley, who had intended to dedicate the temple. To accommodate Pres. Hinckley’s funeral, the dedication ceremony was postponed one week. On the day of the originally scheduled dedication, President Thomas S. Monson was ordained the 16th president of the Church and assumed the task of dedicating the temple the next week as his “first official act” as president.[5][6]

Dense fog filled the area the morning of on February 10, 2008.  The fog prevented President Monson’s plane from landing in Idaho Falls as scheduled, so the plane was rerouted to Pocatello, and the final 80 miles of the trip was resumed by car. President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency and Elder David Bednar of the Twelve, both former presidents of Ricks College, planned to attend the dedication, but Pres. Eyring was prevented due to a broken ankle. The four dedicatory sessions were broadcast throughout the region to the thousands of members wishing to attend.[7]

In his dedicatory prayer, President Monson said “We dedicate every feature of this sacred structure including the grounds on which it stands. Their beauty speaks of Thy handiwork in the creation of the earth.” He continued by praying, “Dear Father, bless all who have made possible this beautiful structure. May they gain satisfaction from the knowledge that they have had a part in creating this sacred edifice. May they recognize that it is no longer simply a building, but rather a house consecrated unto Thee and Thy Beloved Son, a place of holiness, a sanctuary of faith. . . May Thy faithful saints of this and future generations look to this temple as a sanctuary and a place of service to Thee and to Thy children.”[8]


Dedicatory Prayer

Dedication Order

The Rexburg Idaho temple is the 125th operating temple worldwide, the _ in the United States, and the 3rd in Idaho, following the Idaho Falls Idaho and Boise Idaho Temples.

 At the time of its dedication there were 8 temples under construction, and _ announced and awaiting groundbreaking. Additionally there was 1 temple undergoing renovation.

Under Construction Awaiting Groundbreaking Under Renovation
Curitiba Brazil Tegucigalpa Honduras Mexico City Mexico
Panama City Panama Quetzaltenango Guatemala
Twin Falls Idaho Manaus Brazil
Draper Utah San Salvador El Salvador
Oquirrh Mountain Utah
Cebu City Philippines
Vancouver British Columbia
Kyiv Ukraine


Temple President Years Served
President Fenton L. Broadhead 2016–
President Philip C. Wightman 2013–2016
President Clair O. Thueson 2010–2013
President Val R. Christensen 2008–2010

In the rural college town of Rexburg, Idaho, the Rexburg Idaho Temple occupies a hill above Brigham Young University–Idaho. the five-story Temple soars high above its hillside location—creating a striking landmark visible for miles along the Highway 20 corridor. It is the finest, most notable building in this rural community.


Adorning the land between the temple and the Chapel, which sits to the West, is a garden plaza as well as a parking lot to the south.


The 57,000 square foot, five-story edifice is the highest building on the BYU-I’s campus. Prior to its completion, BYU–Idaho had been the only LDS Church-owned university without a temple adjacent to its campus.


The exterior walls of the Rexburg Idaho Temple are made of 637 precast panels from 45 different molds, including the retaining wall. The material is called China White—a white quartz finish. Quartz mined in Washington state is added to the concrete and then the surface is sandblasted. on concrete panels. A water-proofing compound allows dust to wash off in the rain, keeping the temple a radiant white. The total weight of exterior panels is 2,600 tons.


Seven hundred art-glass windowpanes decorate the temple, and a particularly stunning set faces east above the temple entrance.

A wheat motif, created by Utah artist Tom Holdman, is used throughout the Rexburg Idaho Temple including most of the 700 art-glass windowpanes. The wheat stalk symbolizes the widespread agricultural industry in the area.



There is one inscription on the Rexburg Idaho Temple, above the temple entrance. The letters of the inscription are engraved into the precast concrete and gilded.



The cornerstone of the Rexburg Idaho temple is on the outh east corner of the temple, on the east most face. Like the Inscription, the letters are carved into the precast panel and gilded.


Spires and Moroni


A single steeple rises 168 feet at the east end of the temple and is crowned with the gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni.



On September 21, 2006—the 183rd anniversary of the first appearance of the angel Moroni to Joseph Smith—a gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was installed atop the spire of the temple. Thousands of spectators gathered under rain clouds, making for a memorable Moroni raising. At the conclusion, cheers erupted from the enthusiastic onlookers.[9]

The statue is a fiberglass casting of a sculpture carved by Karl Quilter in  1985. The statue is gilded and placed on the spire to face east.


Art Deco–style fixtures, including the banisters and wall sconces, beautify the interior. The baptismal font is lined with blue tile and sits on top of 12 fiberglass oxen, symbolizing the 12 tribes of Israel. Other interior furnishings include Israeli stone and tile, as well as wood trim that was imported from Africa. Local artist Leon Parson painted elements of the Idaho landscape, including the local river bottoms and the Teton Mountains, in his original murals that decorate eight walls of the temple.

The Rexburg Idaho Temple features beautiful ordinance room murals by Rexburg artist Leon Parson, reflecting the wildlife and landscapes of the Upper Snake River Valley. Parson was the 2010 recipient of the Eliza R. Snow Award.

The temple has two progressive endowment rooms and five sealing rooms.[10]

Individuals and Contractors

Architect Vern Martindale, Bob Petroff – Architectural Nexus
Project Manager
Vern Hancock
Contractor Jacobsen Construction

Sources and Links

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Additional Articles


  1. [1] Josh Donat, “Temple architect applies for city building permit,” Rexburg Standard Journal 30 Jun. 2005, 4 Jul. 2005 .
  2. [2]“Thousands attend temple groundbreaking,” News & Notes 4 Aug. 2005, 26 Dec. 2005 .
  3. [3] John Merrifield, “Rexburg Temple Volunteers Hard at Work,” KPVI 24 Jan. 2008, 26 Feb. 2008 .
  4. [4]Laurie Williams Sowby, “Color, Culture, Energy Abound in Youthful Celebration,” Meridian Magazine 12 Feb. 2008, 12 Feb. 2008.
  5. [5]“Temple dedication postponed for funeral”. Deseret Morning News. January 29, 2008. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
  6. [6]Henderson, Kristi (February 10, 2008), Rexburg Temple Dedication, KPVI News 6, archived from the original on October 21, 2013, retrieved February 10, 2008
  7. [7]Carrie A. Moore, “LDS dedicate Rexburg Temple,” Deseret Morning News 11 Feb. 2008, 5 Mar. 2008 .
  8. [8]“‘We Come Humbly,'” Church News 16 Feb. 2008: 6.
  9. [9]Matt Longmore, “Angel Moroni placed atop Rexburg Temple,” Scroll Online 21 Sept. 2006, 23 Sept. 2006 .
  10. [10]“Rexburg Idaho LDS Temple”, Portfolio: Religious, Jacobsen Construction, retrieved October 16, 2012


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