This Day In History

    • Announcement
    • 1992 Preston England Temple Announced
    • Dedication
    • 1984 Dallas Texas Temple dedicated
    • Remodel Commencement
    • 2003 Groundbreaking for the rebuilding of the Apia Samoa Temple

Chronological Temples

Temples of the Restoration: Joseph Smith JR.

 

Joseph Smith Jr., 1830-1844

  • 1830 April 6 – Called as Prophet
  • 1844 June 27 – Martyred, Carthage, Illinois

1831

Independence Missouri
  • March – Announced, Joseph Smith Jr.
  • June – Design Revealed.
Independence Missouri
  • August-September – Design Revised.
  • August 3 – Ground Broken

1832

Kirtland Ohio
  • 27 December – Announced, Joseph Smith

1833

Kirtland Ohio
  • 5 June – Construction Commenced
Independence Missouri
  • November – Independence Abandoned.

1836

Kirtland Ohio
  • 27 March – Dedicated, Joseph Smith.

1837

Far West Temple
Far West Temple
  • 3 July – Groundbreaking, Excavation

1838

Far West Temple
Far West Temple
  • 4 July – Site Dedicated, Brigham Young (Apostle).
Adam-ondi-Ahman Temple
Adam-ondi-Ahman Temple
  • October – Site Dedicated, Brigham Young (Apostle).

1840

Nauvoo Illinois
  • August – Announced.

1841

Nauvoo Illinois
  • 18 February – Groundbreaking Joseph Smith.

Apostolic Interregnum, 1844-1847

After the Martyrdom of Joseph Smith the remaining Apostles took over leadership of the Church for a period of a few years until Brigham Young was Called, sustained and set apart as the second Prophet and President of the Church.

1846

Nauvoo Illinois
  • 1-3 May – Dedication, Orson Hyde.

Temples of the Pioneers: Brigham Young

 

Brigham Young, 1847-1877

  • 1830 December 27 – Called as Prophet
  • 1877 August 29 – Died, Salt Lake City

1847

Salt Lake
  • 28 July – Salt Lake Temple announced, Brigham Young

1848

Nauvoo Illinois
  • March 11 – Nauvoo Temple Sold
  • 8-9 October – Temple destroyed by fire.

1850

Nauvoo Illinois
  • May 27 – Tornado demolishes 3/4 of remaining structure.

1853

Salt Lake
  • February 14 – Site Dedication, Heber C. Kimball
  • February 14 – Groundbreaking, Brigham Young

1854

Endowment House
  • April – Endowment House planned as temporary temple space.

1855

Endowment House
  • May 5 – Endowment House dedicated, Heber C. Kimball.

1856

Endowment House
  • October 2 – Endowment House expanded, baptistry added, and rededicated.

1865

Nauvoo Illinois
  • February – Remaining walls demolished by city.

1871

St. George Utah
  • 13 January – Temple Announced, Brigham Young.
  • 9 November – Ground Broken, George A. Smith (Apostle).

1875

Manti Utah
  • June 25 – Announced.

  • Greenhouse space added to south end of Endowment House.

1877

Manti Utah
  • April 25 – Groundbreaking, Site Dedication, Brigham Young.
Logan Utah Temple
  • May 18 – Site Dedication, Orson Pratt; Groundbreaking, John W. Young
St. George Utah
  • 4 June-4 August – Dedicated, Daniel H. Wells (Apostle).
  • Total Dedicated Temples: 1

1884

Logan Utah Temple
  • October 6 – Announced

Apostolic Interregnum, 1877-1880

After the Death of Brigham Young the remaining Apostles took over leadership of the Church for a period of a few years until John Taylor was called, sustained and set apart as the third Prophet and President of the Church.

John Taylor, 1880-1887

  • 1880 October 10 – Called as Prophet
  • 1887 July 25 – Died, Kaysville Utah

1883

St. George Utah
  • Due to a lighting strike 5 years earlier, the shorter spire had been damaged, Though repaired at that time, the decision was made to make a larger spire that looked more appropriate to the size of the temple.

1884

Logan Utah Temple
  • 17-19 May – Dedicated, John Taylor
  • Total Dedicated Temples: 2

Apostolic Interregnum, 1887-1889

After the Death of Brigham Young the remaining Apostles took over leadership of the Church for a period of a few years until Wilford Woodruff was called, sustained and set apart as the fourth Prophet and President of the Church.

1888

  • May 17, Private Dediaction, Wilford Woodruff
  • May 21-23, Dediactsd, Lorenzo Snow
  • Total Dedicated Temples: 3
St. George Utah
  • An annex was added to the temple to provide some administrative and mechanical space. It was built around the existing water tower.

Wilford Woodruff, 1889-1898

  • 1889 April 7 – Called as Prophet
  • 1898 September 2 – Died, San Francisco, California

1889

Endowment House
  • November – Wilford Woodruff orders Endowment Portion and Baptistry of Endowment House demolished in order to prevent polygamous marriages from continuing. Only Greenhouse and office portion remained.

1893

Salt Lake
  • April 5 – Public Open House
  • April 6-24 – Dedication, Wilford Woodruff

Lorenzo Snow, 1898-1901

  • 1898 September 13 – Called as Prophet
  • 1901 October 10 – Died, Salt Lake City

1900

St. George Utah
  • Around the turn of the Century the water tower was removed, and the annex expanded.

1915

Logan Utah Temple
  • Annex expanded to the west, plus a new small entryway on the east.

Joseph F. Smith, 1901-1918

  • 1901 October 17 – Called as Prophet
  • 1918 November 19 – Died, Salt Lake City

1918

  • Annex expanded again to the west, plus a new larger entryway on the east. Most of original white paint has been allowed to weather way. only bottom course still painted. LargerChimeny constructed to reduce soot fouling on the temple.

Heber J. Grant, 1918-1945

  • 1918 November 23 – Called as Prophet
  • 1945 May 14 – Died, Salt Lake City

1920

St. George Utah
  • Early in the 1900’s the upper parapets of the Temple were painted to look like sandstone. Additionally, the annex was again remodeled and expanded.

1935

Logan Utah
  • New Boiler room added to the North of the temple. At this time the towers were painted a dark tan color.
Manti Utah
  • Annex Expanded to the west around this time, primary chimney replaced with chimney up on hill to reduce soot fouling on temple.

1937

St. George Utah
  • Due to a fire in 1928, the Annex on the temple had to be completely rebuilt from the ground up The redesign took some time and the new annex was finished in 1937. At the same time, the interior of the temple was remodeled, the lower assembly hall being permanently partitioned into rooms for the presentation of the endowment in a progressive fashion, with live actors.

1938

Salt Lake
  • Grounds north of temple are excavated and added to the temple, above ground annex is expanded

George Albert Smith, 1945-1951

  • 1945 May 21 – Called as Prophet
  • 1951 April 4 – Died, Salt Lake City

1949

  • Portions of the annex are removed and replaced, the annex overall is expanded to nearly double the size. The temple proper was plumbed and bathrooms added. New chimney added in further attempt to reduce persistent soot fouling issues. Elevator added to the North side of the Temple proper, as the many staircases were causing delays in the presentation of ordinances.

1950

St. George Utah
  • In the 1950’s the temple annex was expanded, reaching 3 times it’s original size. During this particular expansion and renovation the Inscription was added to the front of the tower for the first time.
Salt Lake
  • Above ground portion of the annex expanded again.

David O. McKay, 1951-1970

  • 1951 April 9 – Called as Prophet
  • 1970 January 18 – Died, Salt Lake City

1956

Manti Utah
  • New Entryway added to north end of the temple annex

1963

Salt Lake
  • Grounds around and north of temple are excavated and annex demolished. Underground portions attached to new tunnel leading to tabernacle, north visitors center, and future Church Office building. A new annex is built above ground farther north of temple

1969

Manti Utah
  • The archway tunnel under the east end of the temple was enclosed and added to the temple, the space being turned into dressing room and nursery space.

Joseph Fielding Smith, 1970-1972

  • 1970 January 23 – Called as Prophet
  • 1972 July 2 – Died, Salt Lake City

Harold B. Lee, 1972-1973

  • 1972 July 7 – Called as Prophet
  • 1973 December 26 – Died, Salt Lake City

1973

Salt Lake
  • New expanded entryway added to east side of annex.

Spencer W. Kimball, 1973-1985

  • 1973 December 30 – Called as Prophet
  • 1985 November 5 – Died, Salt Lake City

1975

St. George Utah
  • In the 1970’s the temple Underwent a major renovation. The renovation included a new annex, an addition on the west end, and major mechanical and electrical system upgrades.

1979

  • Due to the difficulty that the many staircases in the temple caused in Presenting ordinances, the need came to gut and redo the temple in level, organized floors. The entirety of the temple was gutted and new floors and rooms built within the shell.
  • February 5- March 3 – Open house for the newly renovated Temple
  • March 13-15 – Rededicated, Spencer W. Kimball

1985

Manti Utah
  • The temple closed for a full remodel and 2 story expansion of the annex to the westward. Remodel included replacement of the entryway.
  • 6–8 June 1985 – Open house for newly remodeled temple.
  • 14–16 June 1985, Gordon B. Hinckley. (Apostle)

Ezra Taft Benson, 1985-1994

  • 1985 November 10 – Called as Prophet
  • 1994 May 30 – Died, Salt Lake City

Howard W. Hunter, 1994-1995

  • 1994 June 5 – Called as Prophet
  • 1995 March 3 – Died, Salt Lake City

Gordon B. Hinckley, 1994-1995

  • 1995 March 12 – Called as Prophet
  • 2008 January 27 – Died, Salt Lake City

Thomas S. Monson, 2008-2018

  • 2008 February 3 – Called as Prophet
  • 2018 January 2 – Died, Salt Lake City

Russell M. Nelson, 2018-

  • 2018 January 14 – Called as Prophet

 

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