The First Presidency has announced open house and rededication dates for the newly renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The public is invited to visit the temple during an open house from Saturday, April 22, through Saturday, May 20, 2017, except for April 23, April 30, May 7 and May 14, 2017. Free reservations for the open house can be made through www.templeopenhouse.lds.org in the coming weeks.
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The temple will be formally rededicated on Sunday June 4, 2017, in three sessions. Prior to the rededication of the temple, local youth will present a cultural celebration featuring music and dance on Saturday, June 3, 2017.
The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple was the first temple built in Idaho and is located on the picturesque banks of the Snake River on 1000 Memorial Drive. President George Albert Smith announced plans to build the temple on March 3, 1937, and it was subsequently dedicated on September 23, 1945. The temple closed March 2015 for renovations in the interior.
The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple was the 8th operating temple of the Church’s 154 temples worldwide. It is one of four temples in Idaho, with others in Twin Falls, Boise and Rexburg. A fifth temple in Meridian is currently under construction.
Latter-day Saint temples differ from the meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. Inside, members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to serve Jesus Christ and their fellow man.