Cardston Alberta Temple, Cardston

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The Cardston Alberta Temple is the eighth constructed and sixth of the still-operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints . Located in Cardston, Alberta, it is the oldest LDS temple outside the United States. It is one of eight temples that do not have an angel Moroni statue, and one of three without spires, similar to Solomon's Temple. The other two are the Laie Hawaii and Mesa Arizona temples. It is also one of only two LDS temples built in the shape of a cross, the other being the Laie temple.The temple was announced on June 27, 1913, and was built on Temple Hill, an eight-acre plot given to the church by Charles Ora Card. The site expanded to more than in the mid-1950s. The granite used in building the temple was hand-hewn from quarries in Nelson, British Columbia.Originally dedicated on August 26, 1923, by LDS Church president Heber J. Grant, an addition was rededicated on July 2, 1962 by Hugh B. Brown. The first temple president was Edward J. Wood, who served from 1923 to 1948. The temple was renovated in the 1990s, and Gordon B. Hinckley rededicated it on June 22, 1991.
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  • The visitors Center is mostly open in the summertime. Go there to find out about Mormon temples. Also look up  more »
  • Cardston is quite remote. It is on the edge of the vast Blood Indian Reservation that stretches all the way to Lethbridge to the north east, and going south are large open places of northern Montana. ...  more »
  • I have been involved in the construction of numerous LDS Temples. Cardston has always been one of my favorite Temples Architecturally. My Grandfather was the lead Sculptor and did the Oxen for the bap...  more »
  • This is the temple in my home town. What a magnificent edifice. Every time I come home I love to see the temple. When I was growing up, I could see the temple out the kitchen window. So inspiring. And by the way, I used to deliver food to the back door of the temple.
  • Grounds were beautiful and architecture unique.
  • Not only is this building worth seeing for its unique architecture and history, but the Cardston Temple is a place of peace. The grounds are well kept and dotted with beautiful birches, elms, ashes, and spruces. If you're looking for more information about the temple's purpose, the visitor's center by the west gate is a great resource (plus it's warm inside.) I recommend this place to everyone, whether you're sightseeing in Alberta or just looking for a peaceful place to meditate. You won't regret it!
  • Ummm..HELLO! It's the temple! Great food in the cafeteria!
  • The best place around :)

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