Boise Idaho Temple facts for kids
|Boise Idaho Temple|
Quick facts for kidsMay 25, 1984 by
Gordon B. Hinckley
|Site||4.83 acres (2 hectares)|
|Floor area||35,868 sq ft (3,332 m2)|
|Height||112 ft (34 m)|
|Preceded by||Mexico City Mexico Temple|
|Followed by||Sydney Australia Temple|
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LDS Church leaders discussed building a temple in the western part of Idaho as early as 1939. However, with the majority of church's membership in the eastern part of Idaho, the leaders decided against it and concentrated on building the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple.
Forty-five years later, on March 31, 1982, church leaders announced that a temple would be built in the Boise area. The temple site is located near an exit from Interstate 84 and is very visible to those traveling along the highway and is also a visible landmark for pilots at Boise Airport.
In 1984, 70,000 visitors were expected to tour the temple during the nineteen-day open house. Instead, over 128,000 attended. The open house brought an increased interest in the church. The Boise Idaho Temple was dedicated May 25, 1984 by Gordon B. Hinckley. After the dedication, attendance at the temple was much higher than expected. As a result, in October 1986, the temple was closed for renovation. After reopening in 1987, the temple was able to serve more than 100,000 members in southwestern Idaho and part of eastern Oregon.
The Boise Idaho Temple has a total of 35,325 square feet (3,281.8 m2), four ordinance rooms, and four sealing rooms. It was built with a sloping roof & six-spire design.
In 2020, the Boise Idaho Temple was closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The temple closed on July 11, 2011 for extensive renovations and was rededicated on November 18, 2012 by Thomas S. Monson. Preceding the rededication an open house was held between October 13 and November 10, excluding Sundays. The renovation included work on the heating and cooling systems and a reconfiguration of the floor plan to make it more efficient. Most visibly, the marble tiles that covered the temple were removed and replaced with gray granite tiles.
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