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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  • Beautiful Temple! Interesting history of how it was built over a few years in the early 1900's. The couple at the visitor center of the temple were really nice. There is a a short historical video and...  more »
  • Cardston was settled by Mormons, and is still predominantly "Mormon." The temple is a beautiful and peaceful spot. It was even recommended by the border guard when we crossed into Alberta from Montana...  more »
  • Beautiful building from the outside and the couple in the office were very nice. But there it ends. No tours, no entry into the interior. Disappointing given the beauty of the exterior.  more »
  • 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!
  • I've gotten the amazing privilege to be able to go inside and have always felt peaceful and loved when ever I'm inside or around the building. You can't go wrong visiting the Cardson Temple!
  • This is the most amazing and important place in the world. Qualify for a temple recommend, and develop a relationship with the Lord.
  • As far as LDS temples go, this is one of the biggest. Further, it is on a big piece of land which is taken care of nicely and is nice to walk around, and it has a great visitors center; making it a great stop for members and those who aren't members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
  • 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 .

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