The public is invited to tour the newly completed Calgary Alberta Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the third Mormon temple in Alberta.
The First Presidency of the Church has announced that the open house will run from 29 September through 20 October 2012, excluding Sundays and Saturday, 6 October. Free reservations for the open house can be made through the www.calgarymormontemple.org website or by calling 1-855-537-2000.
The temple is located at 9802 Rocky Ridge Road NW, which can be accessed directly south from Country Hills Boulevard NW (or east from 12 Mile Coulee Road NW to Rocky Ridge Boulevard NW). Tours, consisting of a 13-minute video presentation followed by a 40-minute walking tour through the temple, will begin at the Latter-day Saint chapel adjacent to the temple.
Following the public open house, the temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, 28 October 2012. The dedication will be preceded by a cultural celebration featuring music and dance by the youth of the Church, to be held in the Stampede Corral on the evening of 27 October.
The Calgary Temple will be the 140th temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the world and the 8th in Canada. There are also temples in Cardston, Edmonton, Vancouver, Regina, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. The temple will serve approximately 25,000 Latter-day Saints in Calgary and surrounding communities from Banff in the west to Drumheller in the east.
Plans for a temple in Calgary were first announced by the First Presidency of the Church on 4 October 2008. Construction began with a formal groundbreaking on 15 May 2010, where Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Quorums of the Seventy presided.
The exterior of the three-story, 33,000-square-foot temple features gray granite from China. The building stands 35 meters tall and is crowned with a 3-meter gilded statue of the angel Moroni, who is significant to Latter-day Saints for his role in the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Inside the temple, cream-colored marble from Spain is accented by travertine from Turkey and granite from Brazil. To reflect the importance of agriculture in Alberta, there is a wheat motif in the stained-glass windows, railings, doorknobs and furniture. Maple and oak wood complement the gold and green color scheme of the carpet and fabrics. A hand-painted mural of a scenic Alberta landscape graces one room, and other paintings throughout the temple also reflect the beauty of the Calgary area.
Latter-day Saint temples differ from the chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where the teachings of Jesus Christ are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity.
More information about the purpose of temples is available on www.mormonnewsroom.org, as well as downloadable, high-resolution photos of the interior and exterior of the Calgary Alberta Temple. Additional information about the Calgary Alberta Temple is also available on www.calgarymormontemple.org.
Downloadable, broadcast-quality video of the building site is available for news media use: