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Tucson Arizona Temple Wiki

Description

The Tucson Arizona Temple is the 157th temple. It lies just north of Tucson, Arizona, in Catalina Foothills. The temple serves approximately 33,000 members who make up the eight stakes in the Tucson area – from Sierra Vista, Wilcox, Avra Valley, Marana, Oro Valley to Nogales.

History

Announcement

On 6 October 2012, during the Saturday morning session of the 182nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Thomas S. Monson announced plans for a temple to be built in Tucson, Arizona – Arizona’s second largest city. The Temple was announced in conjunction with the Arequipa Peru Temple.[1]

Groundbreaking

On Saturday, 17 October 2015, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Tucson Arizona Temple. Services were broadcast live to area meeting houses in English and in Spanish. Attendance at the ceremonies was by invitation only, however, the general public was invited to view the proceedings live from local meetinghouses.[2][3]

Open House

A public open house was held for the Tucson Arizona Temple Saturday, 3 June 2017 through Saturday, 24 June 2017, except for the Sundays of 4, 11, and 18 June 2017. 112,000 people attended the open house over the course of its 19-day run, an average of 5,895 people per day.

A member of the Church, Daniel Post, said, “I believe that when people come to visit the temple, they will feel something special as they visit the House of the Lord, as they come here and view the insides of this beautiful structure.” Calvin Caldwell, the project manager for the temple, explained that going to the temple is like finding an oasis in the desert. “They have that opportunity to take a deep breath and relax and all their worries kind of go away,” said Caldwell.

Cultural Celebration

Prior to the dedication a cultural celebration — a pageant showcasing Tucson history with about 2,100 teens participating — was held and broadcast from Kino Sports Park to local meetinghouses on Saturday, 12 August 2017.

Dedication

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the Tucson Arizona Temple on Sunday, 13 August 2017. There were three dedicatory sessions at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The services were broadcast to members of the Church in Arizona. The three-hour block of meetings was canceled for those congregations to enable members to participate and focus on this sacred event.

The first session included the customary cornerstone ceremony, a ceremonial sealing of the cornerstone with mortar to signal completion of the temple. Stepping outside of the temple with other Church leaders and their wives, President Uchtdorf spoke for several minutes to spectators gathered to watch the ceremony, remarking that “it is a reminder of Who is indeed the Cornerstone of our faith.” In his remarks, he said, the temple is “the intersection of terrestrial and celestial bearings, which brings us the harmony of earth and heaven through the House of the Lord.” He further commented, “Let us just remember that as we seal this cornerstone, it is also a moment to seal our hearts with the great purpose of our life. The temple is the place to teach the purpose of life. It is the moment where the world around us hopefully will see with us the goodness of the House of the Lord. … You are living in an area with wonderful friends, with great people who support the growth of the Church in this beautiful area.”

President and Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf each applied mortar to the cornerstone cover, followed by other Church leaders and their wives and, finally by several children whom President Uchtdorf invited to come forward from among the spectators.

A choir of young single adults selected from throughout the temple district performed expressly for the cornerstone ceremony. Choir member Brittany Butler, Tucson Arizona West Stake, said, “It has been one of the most inspirational and moving experiences of my life. I couldn’t ask for a more spiritual experience. I’ve drawn closer to my Heavenly Father. To be able to work with my peers in a choral setting has given me the opportunity to learn from them and improve my closeness to God and Jesus Christ and to build my testimony through song.”

Officiating with President Uchtdorf was Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Presidency of the Seventy; Elder Benjamín de Hoyos, General Authority Seventy; Elder Kevin R. Duncan, General Authority Seventy; Elder Larry Y. Wilson, General Authority Seventy; and Bishop W. Christopher Waddell, the second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric.

Dedicatory Prayer

Dedication Order

The Tucson Arizona Temple is sixth in Arizona, the home of approximately 416,000 Latter-day Saints, meeting in over 800 congregations. The other temples in Arizona are the Mesa Arizona Temple (1927), Snowflake Arizona Temple (2002), Gila Valley Arizona Temple (2010), Phoenix Arizona Temple (2014), and the Gilbert Arizona Temple (2014). It is the 187th temple in the World and the 79th temple in the United States.

At the time of the temple’s dedication, there were 11 Temples under construction and an additional 13 Awaiting Groundbreaking. Additionally, 2 Temples were undergoing renovation

Under Construction Awaiting Groundbreaking Undergoing Renovation
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Urdanetta Philippines Frankfurt Germany
Port-Au-Prince Haiti Abidjan Ivory Coast Jordan River Utah
Rome Italy Bankok Thailand
Concepcion Chile Quito Ecuador
Lisbon Portugal Harare Zimbabwe
Winnipeg Manitoba Belem Brazil
Barranquilla Columbia Lima Peru Los Olivos
Durban South Africa Brasilia Brazil
Kinshasa D.R.C. Greater Manila Philippines
Arequipa Peru Nairobi Kenya
Pocatello Idaho
Saratoga Springs Utah

Presidents

Temple President Years Served
President J. Michael Moeller 2017–

The temple is 38,216 square feet (3,550.4 m2) and is located on a 7.4-acre (3.0 ha) site.[4][5]

The site for the Tucson Arizona Temple is located in the Catalina Foothills where East Ina Road curves into Skyline Drive. The physical address is 7281 North Skyline Drive.

Landscaping

Cactus plants at the Tucson Arizona Temple site were transplanted to an on-site nursery and reintegrated into the final landscaping. The 7-acre site was purchased by the Church in 2010, and a residence to the north was subsequently acquired.

Exterior

The Tucson Arizona Temple is larger than the Gila Valley Temple and smaller than the Phoenix Temple. The 34,000-square-foot mission-style building is a single story above ground with a basement and a dome in the center of the temple.

Cladding

 The exterior of the temple is pre-cast concrete panels with an off-white color. Molded into the panes are overlapping ovals representing the prickly pear cactus native to the region.

Windows

The windows at the Tucson Temple are art glass and feature designs similar to the concrete panels.

Symbolism

Inscriptions

There is one inscription on the Tucson Arizona Temple. It is on a metal panel on the North side of the temple above the main entrance. The metal panel is textured and black in color, and the letters on the panel are raised brass letters.

HOLINESS
TO THE LORD

THE HOUSE
OF THE LORD

Cornerstone

The cornerstone of the Tucson Arizona Temple is on the North East Corner of the temple, facing east. The text on the stone is engraved and painted black.

ERECTED
2017

Spires and Moroni

Spire

The Tucson Arizona Temple was originally designed with a 95-foot steeple, which would have required a special permit. However, plans were altered, and the steeple was replaced with a dome-shaped cupola – a rare element since nearly all other LDS temples have one or more towers, steeples or spires. The dome is constructed of imported tile from Germany topped with an angel Moroni statue. The dome design — elongated, octagonal and ribbed— is similar to Italy’s Il Duomo de Firenze (The Dome of Florence) of that city’s Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. The cupola has a taste of Tucson’s own domes as well. The dome design gives nods to the nearby historic San Xavier del Bac Mission — the state’s oldest intact European-style building — as well as the city’s old Pima County Courthouse. At the top of the dome is a small pedestal-like structure known as the lantern. A gilded dome sits atop the lantern, and the Angel Moroni Statue is attached to the dome.

Moroni

An AngelMoroni Statue was placed on the temple 7 July 2016. The statue faces North, in line with the front doors and the main approach to the temple. The statue was carved by KarlQuilter in 1982.

Interior

The design and colors inside the new 38,000-square-foot temple are influenced by the Art Deco style and reflect the green desert landscape of the American Southwest, including native plants, red cactus flowers and orange hues that represent the desert sun. Designers used the native ocotillo plant and the flower of the paddle cactus or prickly pear as inspiration for the décor, such as the art glass. Paintings feature stories of the ministry of Jesus Christ from the scriptures and desert scenery.Local Latter-day Saint, Lucinda Contreras, commented, “The structure itself is totally Southwestern and just is the feel of Tucson. It’s the old pueblo. Its unique dome [with] the beautiful blue … is representative of the sky and the beautiful colors that we have here in Tucson.” Her 15-year-old daughter, Candace Contreras, said, “Now people are wondering what it [the temple] is, and even my friends at school are like, ‘Hey, what’s that big building with the statue on top? Like what does that mean?’ And it gives me an opportunity to share with them what I know to be true and what it means to me.”

Individuals and Contractors

Architect FFKR Architects
Civil Engineer
Rick Engineering Company
Contractor Borderland Construction Company
Landscape Architect
Norris Design
Contractor Big-D Construction

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Sources/Citation

  1. [1] “Tucson Arizona Temple“, Tucson Arizona Temple, ldschurchtemples.com, retrieved August 7, 2015
  2. [2]“Ground Broken for Temples in Chile and the U.S.”NewsroomLDS Church. October 17, 2015.
  3. [3]Adair, Jill (October 17, 2015). “Pres. Uchtdorf dedicates ground for Tucson Arizona Temple“. Church News.
  4. [4]“Foothills site likely for Tucson Mormon temple”, Foothills site likely for Tucson Mormon temple, KPHO, May 31, 2013, retrieved August 7, 2015
  5. [5]Adair, Jill (May 30, 2017). “Open house begins for Tucson Arizona Temple“. Deseret News. Retrieved July 8, 2017.

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