Cardston Alberta Temple - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 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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  • Since we were in Cardston, we decided to go to the visitor center at the Temple, only to find it had been closed for the season. However, the Temple Engineer let us into the visitor center and provide...  read more »
  • This historic temple is beautiful. The visitor center staff were extremely friendly and it was great to learn about some interesting facts of the temple's history. 
  • It was great to come back to the place where we were married 33 years ago. The Visitors centre is open in the summer months for public tours and information. 
  • Being a convert in the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints ,the Cardston temple has a special place in my heart, as it was the first temple I visited as a new member .Alberta has three temples, Calgary and Edmonton each having a temple also , I recommend everyone who wants to feel the spirit or learn more about Mormons to visit the Cardston temple grounds and informational visitor center, have any burning questions answered by the missionaries or volunteers, While your there take advantage of a wonderful photo opportunity especially at night with a full moon and the beautiful night lighting all around the temple and it's grounds , and seasonal flowers and shrubbery, by the way this is a favorite wedding photo destination, a romantic get away for members and non members alike. As for members of the church visiting from abroad while in Cardston don't miss this opportunity to enjoy the unparalleled architecture inside the temple and enjoy a wonderful meal afterwards at the temple cafeteria .A point of interest the temple has a resident owl living on the temple grounds managing rodents. Having lived in Europe for many years I visited many historical religious, and architectural structures in Italy,Brussels France,Germany, and England , In my opinion the Cardston temples majestic, and architectural uniqueness puts it in a class of its own .
  • Always so grateful to be able to attend the temple in Cardston. It is a place of complete peace and separation from the world.
  • Spend several years in my younger mothering years going to the Cardston temple weekly. I loved those years of spending time pondering gods plan for me in raising our kids and feeling the Love of Jesus so strongly there. Heaven is within those walls I encourage all to learn more about it.
  • This is the first temple I went through. So beautiful and peaceful inside.
  • One of my very favourite places on this earth! I love being in this sacred house of the Lord!
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