Cardston Alberta Temple, Cardston

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The Cardston Alberta Temple (formerly the Alberta Temple) is the eighth constructed and sixth of the still-operating temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). 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 six without spires, similar to Solomon's Temple. It is also one of only two LDS temples built in the shape of a cross, the other being the Laie Hawaii 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 10 acres (4.0 ha) 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.

The temple has four ordinance rooms, five sealing rooms, and a floor area of 88,562 square feet (8,227.7 m2).

In 1992, the temple was declared a National Historic Site, and a plaque was dedicated in 1995.
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  • I'm so happy we went to see this beautiful building. I so wish we could have gone inside. We met a lovely lady who told us about the temple. And we went back at night to see it and it was even more...  more »
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  • Those in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worship at this temple. Others can take photos of the exterior of the beautiful building which was competed in 1923. There is a small building for visitors to ask questions and learn more about the faith of this people.
  • This Temple has been here since 1924. It's a beautiful building on well kept grounds. Only qualified members of the church are allowed inside however there is a visitor center on the west side of the grounds. From May to September there are volunteer hosts who answer questions and help in any way they can. There are also books available and a small display to explain the building and use of the Temple. For those wishing to see the inside of a Temple the public is invited to tour a new Temple or an existing one that has had major renovations. After being opened for public tours for a time a Temple will typically be dedicated and closed to the public and used only for those sacred things for which it was built.
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