New Temple In Gilbert Announced

Posted: April 26, 2008 in Uncategorized

LDS Church News
Published: Friday, Apr. 25, 2008
Plans to build two new temples in Arizona, one in the Gila Valley and the other in Gilbert, were announced by President Thomas S. Monson. This will bring the total number of temples to 134 already in operation or in the planning and construction phases.

“It is my personal priority to make sure members of the Church have access to the blessings of the temple,” said President Monson. “It is here where members learn of their divine origin and destiny; where they are strengthened spiritually as individuals and as families. Temples are sanctuaries from the storms of life.”

There are currently two temples in Arizona: one in Mesa and another in Snowflake. The temples in the Gila Valley and Gilbert will bring the total number to four.

The two new temples are the first to be announced by President Monson since he became president of the Church on Feb. 3.


**UPDATED**

Location of Temple Pecos and Greenfield

From http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/gilbert/
Announcement: April 2008

Don Evans, spokesman for the church in Arizona, has indicated that the Gilbert Arizona Temple will be constructed off Loop 202 near the intersection of Greenfield Road and Pecos Road, though no timetable for construction has been set. The announcement of temples to be built in Gilbert and in the Gila Valley came in response to demands currently placed on the state’s two operating temples in Mesa and in Snowflake, he says. In recent years, the Church has built temples on a smaller scale. Evans notes that the Mesa temple is more than six times the size of the temple in Snowflake.1

This two-temple announcement for Arizona is the first temple announcement made by President Thomas S. Monson since becoming president of the Church in February 2008. It brings the total number of temples in Arizona to four. “It is my personal priority to make sure members of the Church have access to the blessings of the temple,” said President Monson. “It is here where members learn of their divine origin and destiny; where they are strengthened spiritually as individuals and as families. Temples are sanctuaries from the storms of life.”2

Located in the fast-growing southeastern section of the Phoenix metropolitan area—just south of Mesa—Gilbert and its surrounding communities enjoy a high concentration of Church members, who currently attend the Mesa Arizona Temple. The edifice will make the sacred ordinances of the temple more accessible to the members of these communities.

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