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The Snowflake Arizona Temple is the 108th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The Snowflake Arizona Temple serves 35,000 members, many of them descendants of the first pioneers to the area.



The Snowflake Arizona temple was announced as President Hinckley was giving the concluding talk at the Sunday Afternoon Session conference on 2 April 2000. He gave a report of the progress on temple construction, then took the opportunity to announce temples for Aba Nigeria, Helsinki Finland, Lubbock Texas, Snowflake Arizona and the Tri-Cities area of Washington state (Columbia River Washington.)[1]


Ground was broken for the temple and the site dedicated on 23 September 200 by Elder Rex D. Pinegar of the Seventy. In his talk prior to the groundbreaking ceremony Elder Pinegar encouraged the members to break old feelings that draw them apart and gather together in the temple where there are no differences.[2]


Open House

There are about 9,000 people who live in the Snowflake area, but more than 94,000 people attended the temple open house during 2-16 February 2002.


LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Snowflake Arizona Temple in four sessions on March 3, 2002. Church President Gordon B. Hinckley said,

“We are thankful for those who laid the foundations of this and other nearby communities. They struggled so desperately for so long against adversities of many kinds. Now their posterity enjoy the sweet fruits of their efforts, and crowning all is this magnificent and beautiful temple.” [3]

Enthusiasm for the new temple did not stop after the dedication. “We offer 24 sessions a week, and nearly every one of them has been completely full,” [4] said President Ballard.

Dedicatory Prayer

Dedication Order

The Snowflake Arizona Temple was the 108th operating temple and the Second in Arizona after the Mesa Arizona Temple, and the 54th Temple in the United States.

At the time the Snowflake Arizona Temple was dedicated there were 10 additional temples under construction, 5 more awaiting groundbreaking, and 1 temple undergoing renovation.

Under Construction Awaiting Groundbreaking Undergoing Renovation
The Hague Netherlands Helsinki Finland Freiberg Germany
Nauvoo Illinois Newport Beach California
Copenhagen Denmark Sacramento California
Brisbane Australia San Antonio Texas
Campinas Brazil Kyiv Ukraine
Harrison New York
Redlands California
Accra Ghana
Asuncion Paraguay
Aba Nigeria


Temple President Years Served
President Thomas L. Palmer 2017–
President G. Merlin Hancock 2014–2017
President Norris A. Baldwin Sr. 2011–2014
President Lewis N. Tenney Jr. 2008–2011
President Larry B. Brewer 2005–2008
President Leon T. Ballard 2002–2005

The temple is set on a knoll that has become known as “Temple Hill.” About eight feet was removed from the top of the knoll so the two-level temple could be built. The lower level is partially set into the knoll. The Snowflake Arizona Temple is a sister building to the Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple, both featuring the same floor-plan, and featuring 2 stories with the bottom partially set into a hill.


Temple landscaping and plant life complement the natural surroundings. In front of the temple’s entry canopy is a beautiful water feature. A second feature is in the dividing median of the2 story parking lot, in line with the first, and features a cascade over a natural rock ledge into a pool.

The temple measures 91 feet wide and 149 feet long.


The exterior of the temple is finished with two tones of polished Empress White and Majestic Grey granite from China, similar to that of the Fukuoka Japan Temple.


Art glass windows are like those used in the Hong Kong China Temple in that beveled glass windows create shimmers of light throughout the temple.



There are 2 Inscriptions on the exterior of the Snowflake Arizona Temple. The first is on the east end of the temple above the Celestial RoomWindows. The Text is engraved in the stone and the letters are painted black.


The Second inscription is on the East end of the temple above the entryway.The text is engraved in the darker color stone that comprises the lower half of the temple and has been gilded so that it stands out from the stone.



The cornerstone of the temple is located on the east face of the temple, southeast corner. The letters are engraved into the stone and have been painted black.


Spires and Moroni


The spire on the Snowflake Arizona Temple matches the shape and design of most of the single story small temples. It is a multi-stepped square construction that rises from the roof of the temple, slightly to the west of center on the long axis, and on the center line of the short axis of the temple.


The Angel Moroni on the Snowflake Arizona Temple was placed 21 July of 2001. The statue, sculpted in 1985 by Karl Quilter, was placed to face east over looking the back of the temple and the knoll that it sits into.

In March 2017, the angel Moroni statue atop the Snowflake Arizona Temple was replaced. The original statue faced east, looking over the rear side of the building. The new statue was installed facing west, looking over the temple entrance and patrons as they enter the temple.



Dark cherry wood and painted, light toned wood has been incorporated throughout the building. Much of the furniture has a pioneer look out of respect for the area’s pioneer ancestry. The temple interior also incorporates Native American patterns stenciled on walls and woven into the carpet.[5]

Items such as handcrafted rugs, baskets, and pottery also decorate the interior. A console cabinet featuring a peach tree branch design on the doors is on display. Jacob Hamblin, an early pioneer and missionary, traded goods with Native Americans for peach pits which he planted to grow peach trees. A print depicting Jacob Hamblin meeting with Native Americans on horseback hangs in the temple. A second console cabinet placed in front of art glass windows features a gold-leaf sunburst on each of the three panels.

The Snowflake Arizona Temple has a total of 18,621 square feet (1,729.9 m2), two ordinance rooms, and two sealing rooms.

A beautiful three-paneled set of stained-glass windows inside the temple was once part of a church in Boston. The windows were found at a Boston auction house by a Church member and were later installed in the temple. Artwork in the windows depicts Christ instructing a circle of children and adults.

Individuals and Contractors

Architect Trest Polina for Fanning Bard Tatum Architects
Project Manager
Leon Rowley
Contractor Okland Construction Co

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Additional Articles


  1. [1]Gordon B. Hinckley. “A Time of New Beginnings,, 2 April 2000.
  2. [2]“Leaders break ground, offer counsel at temple site in Snowflake, Ariz.,” Church News, Sept. 30, 2000.
  3. [3] “Dedicatory prayer: ‘The sweet fruits of their efforts,'” Church News, 9 Mar. 2002, 25 Jun. 2005
  4. [4]“News of the Church,” Ensign, May 2002, 109
  5. [5] Snowflake Arizona Temple Times, Vol. II, pp. 1–2

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