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December 30, 2014

Temple Construction Advancements in 2014
During 2014, three new temples were dedicated in Gilbert, Arizona; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Phoenix, Arizona. The Ogden Utah Temple was rededicated, and ground was broken for the Meridian Idaho Temple. No new temples were announced.

November 16, 2014

Phoenix Arizona Temple Dedicated Today
The Phoenix Arizona Temple became the 144th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today and the 5th operating temple in Arizona. A sixth temple has been announced for Tucson, which is in the planning stages.

November 11, 2014

Preparing for Phoenix Temple Dedication
In preparation for Sunday's dedication of the Phoenix Arizona Temple, volunteers are constructing a platform for the cornerstone ceremony. The cornerstone traditionally conceals a time capsule and bears an inscription of the year the temple was erected.

November 1, 2014

Phoenix Arizona Temple Open House Concludes
Following a 23-day open house, the Phoenix Arizona Temple has closed to the public as the building is prepared for dedication as The House of the Lord on Sunday, November 16. A youth cultural celebration will be held the evening before.

October 15, 2014

Phoenix Residents Take Rare Opportunity to Tour Mormon Temple
The newly completed Phoenix Arizona Temple is capturing the attention of Phoenix residents and other guests from far and wide who are taking advantage of the opportunity to tour a Mormon temple.

October 9, 2014

Arizona Governor Tours Phoenix Arizona Temple
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer toured the Phoenix Arizona Temple on Monday saying, "I have learned that the purpose of the temple is even more beautiful than the building." Tours open to the public beginning tomorrow. [ Free Reservations ]

October 1, 2014

Christus Statue Delivered for Phoenix Open House
A stunning replica of Bertel Thorvaldsen's Christus statue will be on display for the open house of the Phoenix Arizona Temple from Friday, October 10, through Saturday, November 1. Mormons follow Jesus Christ as the their Savior.

September 29, 2014

Open House Tickets Now Available for Phoenix Arizona Temple
Free reservations to tour the newly completed Phoenix Arizona Temple are now available to the public. The open house begins Friday, October 10, and continues through Saturday, November 1, 2014.

September 11, 2014

Chain-Link Fence Removal at Phoenix Temple
The green tarp and chain-link barrier that has surrounded the Phoenix Arizona Temple since construction began three years ago is finally coming down, giving passers-by an unobstructed view of the beautifully landscaped grounds.

August 21, 2014

Summer Storm at the Phoenix Arizona Temple
The Phoenix Arizona Temple shines against stormy desert skies in this beautiful photograph of the nearly completed edifice. The construction trailer has been moved off site as the list of tasks grows smaller. The open house begins in just seven weeks.

August 11, 2014

Preparing for Phoenix Temple Open House
The meetinghouse adjacent to the Phoenix Arizona Temple is receiving a fresh coat of paint in preparation for the public open house that will be held the last three weeks in October. Tours will begin in the meetinghouse before proceeding to the temple.

August 7, 2014

Phoenix Arizona Temple Open House and Dedication
The public is invited to tour the Phoenix Arizona Temple from Friday, October 10, through Saturday, November 1, 2014, excluding Sundays. The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, November 16.

July 30, 2014

Furniture Delivery at the Phoenix Arizona Temple
Padded chairs, end tables, and other furniture arrived at the Phoenix Arizona Temple yesterday as the building moves closer toward completion. An official announcement of the open house and dedication dates is expected very soon.

July 16, 2014

Phoenix Arizona Temple Address Set in Stone
The numbers designating the Pinnacle Peak Road address of the Phoenix Arizona Temple have been precisely attached to an outer wall encircling the grounds. Beautiful beveled mirrors in gold frames have been delivered for the sealing rooms.

July 7, 2014

Wrapping Up Landscaping
Landscaping is nearly complete at the Phoenix Arizona Temple where newly laid sod sits between the planters and garden areas. Finishing work continues inside.

June 25, 2014

Phoenix Arizona Temple Water Features Filled
Both the terraced water feature on the east side of the Phoenix Arizona Temple and the travertine fountain on the west side have been filled with water and tested. "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst…" (John 4:14).

June 17, 2014

Furniture Delivery to the Phoenix Arizona Temple
The delivery of furniture to the Phoenix Arizona Temple is an indication of the progress being made inside. Also, area stakes have been directed to submit names for VIP tours and to begin preparations for the cultural celebration.

June 6, 2014

Getting the Phoenix Temple Lighting Just Right
New entrance lighting and adjustments to the positions of existing lights are creating a sense of sacred symmetry at the Phoenix Arizona Temple. Inside, art glass for the Celestial Room skylight has been installed and carpet is being laid.

June 2, 2014

Phoenix Temple Overview
Landscape progress at the Phoenix Arizona Temple site is clearly visible from the unique perspective provided by this aerial photograph taken from a quadcopter.

May 22, 2014

Cactus Added to Phoenix Arizona Temple Grounds
Landscaping plans for the Phoenix Arizona Temple call for a natural desertscape on the south side, featuring a variety of desert plants including the iconic Saguaro cactus. A beautiful travertine fountain has been installed on the west side.

May 10, 2014

Gateway to the Phoenix Arizona Temple
At the Phoenix Arizona Temple, workers are erecting a wrought iron gate in front of the entrance. Lamp posts have been installed and more trees planted. A recent delivery of glass broke in shipment and will be reproduced and reshipped.

April 24, 2014

Phoenix Arizona Temple Making Progress
The grounds of the Phoenix Arizona Temple continue to be beautified with new vegetation, fencing, and decorative grates. On the inside, chandeliers, interior doors, and decorative stone trim for the sealing rooms are being installed.

April 3, 2014

Landscape Boulders Delivered to the Phoenix Temple Site
Heavy equipment has been hard at work at the Phoenix Arizona Temple site this week positioning large landscape boulders. Plants and bushes continue to be added to the grounds as well.

March 27, 2014

Fence Installation at the Phoenix Arizona Temple
A decorative fence is appearing in the red soil that surrounds the Phoenix Arizona Temple. Arizona's fourth temple was recently dedicated in Gilbert. The Phoenix temple will be the fifth in the state. And a sixth is planned for Tucson.

March 21, 2014

Phoenix Temple Main Level Illuminated
Installation and testing of nighttime lighting for the exterior of the Phoenix Arizona Temple has reached the main level. Tests on the upper level started as early as last summer, but lights for the lower level have now been integrated into the system.

March 13, 2014

Landscaping Progress for Phoenix Arizona Temple
Landscaping is moving at a swifter pace at the Phoenix Arizona Temple, as crane access is no longer required on site since the art glass was installed. A groundskeeping building is being built concurrently with the president's residence.

February 26, 2014

Art Glass Installed in Phoenix Temple Spire
The upper section of the Phoenix Arizona Temple spire has been fitted with beautiful panes of art glass, featuring an agave plant design colored in green, blue, and gold hues. Framing for the president's house is advancing rapidly.

February 16, 2014

Terracotta Details Added to Phoenix Arizona Temple
Workers at the Phoenix Arizona Temple are carefully installing beautifully detailed terracotta panels to the exterior of the building. The panels feature soft pastel coloring and design elements like ellipses and agave stalks and blossoms.

February 6, 2014

Footings Poured for Phoenix Temple President Residence
Directly north of the Phoenix Arizona Temple, footings have been laid for the house where the temple president will reside. Beautiful agave tiles have been attached to the temple entrance columns.

January 30, 2014

Road Improvements at the Phoenix Arizona Temple
While construction workers at the Phoenix Arizona Temple continue to apply stone to fountain and planter walls, heavy equipment is making improvements to Pinnacle Peak Road at the driveway entrance to the temple complex.

January 21, 2014

Gilding Sacred Words at the Phoenix Arizona Temple
Following the admonition in Exodus, workers are gilding the sacred words that appear above the Phoenix Arizona Temple entrance. "And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it…HOLINESS TO THE LORD" (Exodus 28:36).

January 7, 2014

Quadcopter Captures Aerial Views of Phoenix Temple
The beauty and symmetry of the Phoenix Arizona Temple are captured in new photographs.

January 1, 2014

East Side Progress at Phoenix Arizona Temple
Scaffolding has been assembled on the east side of the Phoenix Arizona Temple in order to replace temporary glass with beautiful art glass over the entrance canopy. New concrete continues to be added and stone applied to the water feature.

December 8, 2013

Window Installation Underway at Phoenix Temple
Laborers at the Phoenix Arizona Temple have commenced installation of beautiful panes of art glass, which feature the agave plant motif seen in the exterior panels and other areas of the temple.

December 2, 2013

Phoenix Arizona Temple Gardens and Windows
As workers plant trees in the garden areas on the west side of the Phoenix Arizona Temple, other workers are preparing the window openings to receive panes of art glass. The entrance fountain continues to be faced with stone.

November 19, 2013

Phoenix Temple Landscaping Progress
An elevated view of the Phoenix Arizona Temple site shows the progress made on the landscaping including a water feature.

November 6, 2013

Last Section of Concrete Poured for Phoenix Temple Driveway
Construction workers at the Phoenix Arizona Temple have poured the final section of concrete for the driveway between the temple and the adjoining meetinghouse. The temple is expected to be completed next year, sometime after the dedication of the nearby Gilbert temple.

October 24, 2013

Lighting Test for Phoenix Arizona Temple Spire
Last night at the Phoenix Arizona Temple, subcontractors performed a lighting test of the central tower. The goal of the system is to softly accent architectural features while keeping light spillage to a minimum in consideration of neighbors.

October 21, 2013

More Concrete Poured at Phoenix Arizona Temple
Construction workers at the Phoenix Arizona Temple continue to pour large slabs of concrete, creating driveways and parking areas for the joint parking lot that will be shared between the temple and the adjacent meetinghouse.

October 1, 2013

Water Feature Progress at Phoenix Arizona Temple
At the Phoenix Arizona Temple, concrete has been poured for the main water feature, which is now being faced with stone. The driveway that will connect the meetinghouse parking with the temple parking has also been poured.

September 13, 2013

Grounds Taking Shape at Phoenix Arizona Temple
Concrete continues to be poured at the Phoenix Arizona Temple grounds, including walkways and walls for the water feature. The site plan shows a series of pools east of the temple and a circular walkway around the entire building.

August 23, 2013

Phoenix Arizona Temple Curbing and Walkays
Recently poured concrete at the Phoenix Arizona Temple is creating well-defined areas for pedestrian walkways, water features, and manicured gardens. An area of natural landscaping will be featured along Pinnacle Peak Road.

August 8, 2013

Phoenix Temple Fencing and Retaining Walls
At the grounds of the Phoenix Arizona Temple, concrete blocks are being stacked to form fencing and other landscaping elements including retaining walls and planters. Work continues on the water feature located in front of the main entrance.

July 25, 2013

Lighting Tests Begin at Phoenix Arizona Temple
Subcontractors at the Phoenix Arizona Temple are currently performing evening lighting tests in anticipation of installing a sophisticated lighting system that will softly illuminate the exterior of the temple during twilight hours.

June 29, 2013

Plumbing for Phoenix Temple Water Feature
White pipes protruding from the ground at the Phoenix Arizona Temple is evidence of the plumbing work progressing on the entrance water feature. According to the site plan, a series of three pools will lead from the parking to the main entry.

June 10, 2013

New Landmark in North Phoenix
Recently submitted photographs of the Phoenix Arizona Temple capture the building in the beauty of its North Phoenix location. Upcoming projects include installing art glass in the window openings and landscaping the grounds.

May 15, 2013

Phoenix Temple Receives Angel Moroni Statue
The traditional gold-leafed figure of the angel Moroni was installed atop the spire of the Phoenix Arizona Temple this afternoon to an audience of enthusiastic workers and members who gathered to the temple to witness the milestone event.

May 10, 2013

Focus Turns to Interior at the Phoenix Arizona Temple
With the beautiful exterior fully attached to the Phoenix Arizona Temple, work is concentrated inside the building. Several window openings have been covered in plastic to protect the work inside until the stained glass arrives. Members look forward to the addition of the angel Moroni statue.

April 21, 2013

Phoenix Temple Stonework Completed
The work of attaching precast exterior panels to the Phoenix Arizona Temple was completed this week—thanks to the dedicated efforts of several installers and welders, many working from out-of-town locations.

April 11, 2013

Phoenix Arizona Temple Steeple
Progress continues on the attachment of precast concrete pieces and panels to the steeple of the Phoenix Arizona Temple. The use of concrete allows for exquisite detailing to be incorporated into the design of the exterior.

March 29, 2013

Phoenix Arizona Temple Steeple Receiving Exterior Panels
Construction of the Phoenix Arizona Temple is making visible advancements with the attachment of precast concrete panels to the temple's single steeple. Construction is expected to continue for another year. Two other temples are planned for Arizona—one in Gilbert and the other in Tucson.

March 9, 2013

Phoenix Temple Rises on West Pinnacle Peak Road
The Phoenix Arizona Temple is quickly becoming a new fixture in North Phoenix along West Pinnacle Peak Road. Progress continues on the exterior paneling of the building including the recent addition of finials on the upper corners.

March 2, 2013

Framing Entrance Door to the Phoenix Arizona Temple
A close-up photograph of the Phoenix Arizona Temple reveals that framing is underway for the front entry door of the building and on the interior where wall studs are being installed. On the exterior, precast concrete panels have been attached to the main level and are awaited for the steeple.

February 9, 2013

Phoenix Arizona Temple Parapet Walls Covered with Panels
Panel installation continues upward at the Phoenix Arizona Temple as seen in newly submitted photographs. Panels now cover the parapet walls and will soon be attached to the central steeple. The Phoenix temple is Arizona's fifth, with a sixth announced for the city of Tucson.

January 26, 2013

Exterior Panel Installation Resumes at the Phoenix Arizona Temple
Following a hiatus of several weeks, delivery and installation of the exterior panels for the Phoenix Arizona Temple has resumed. The panels feature intricate relief work of the agave plant.

January 14, 2013

Phoenix Exterior Panels
The beautiful agave plant relief work featured in the panels on the Phoenix Arizona Temple have been the most difficult, but perhaps most rewarding, panels created by the company. Due to a low supply of product, production of the panels has been on pause but is expected to resume shortly.

December 5, 2012

Holiness to the Lord Placed Above Phoenix Entry
An important exterior panel was set into place at the Phoenix Arizona Temple on Tuesday. Etched with the words Holiness to the Lord: The House of the Lord, the panel is a common element among all Latter-day Saint temples.

November 23, 2012

Panel Work Extended to South Side of Phoenix Temple
With attachment of the precast concrete panels largely completed on the east side of the Phoenix Arizona Temple, work has progressed to the south side of the building, moving west. Two new temples are under construction in the Valley of the Sun—the other being in Gilbert.

November 10, 2012

More Panels Attached to the Phoenix Arizona Temple
The exciting work of attaching decorative precast concrete panels to the exterior of the Phoenix Arizona Temple is progressing rapidly. The beautiful building and its meticulously landscaped grounds will enhance the North Phoenix community where it stands.

November 2, 2012

Exterior Panels for the Phoenix Arizona Temple
Precast concrete panels are arriving at the Phoenix Arizona Temple and are being attached to the building's steel framing. The panels feature the motif of the temple in their beautifully sculpted detailing.

October 24, 2012

Spire Framework Catches Sunlight in North Phoenix
Rays of sunlight illuminate the steel framework of the Phoenix Arizona Temple spire in this recently submitted photograph. Though the appearance of the temple has changed little over the past six weeks, it will sustain a beautiful transformation when concrete panels are affixed to the exterior.

September 11, 2012

Steel Framing Assembled for Phoenix Arizona Temple
With the framework for the spire now in place, assembly of the steel skeleton for the Phoenix Arizona Temple—Arizona's fifth—is complete. Precast concrete panels will soon be attached to the exterior of the structure while framing continues on the interior walls.

September 8, 2012

Preparing to Install Spire Framework in Phoenix
The crowing piece of steel for the framing of the Phoenix Arizona Temple has arrived on site. The spire framework will soon be hoisted atop the structure that forms the skeleton of the building. Phoenix-area members are excited to welcome the state's fifth temple.

August 5, 2012

Steel Skeleton Erected for Phoenix Arizona Temple
At the construction site of the Phoenix Arizona Temple, steel framing is nearing completion, which will be followed by the attachment of precast concrete panels, featuring a blooming agave plant motif. Visitors are welcome on weekdays at an information trailer on site.

June 27, 2012

Framing in Phoenix
Steel framing for the Phoenix Arizona Temple marches toward completion, which will be followed by concrete exterior panels, featuring relief patterns representing the blooming agave plant.

April 25, 2012

Steel Framing for the Phoenix Arizona Temple Expanding
The highly reinforced steel framing for the Phoenix Arizona Temple, Arizona's fifth temple, now stretches across the western half of the temple, leaving the eastern side to be completed. A metal stairway has been hoisted inside the temple, which will lead from the main level down to the basement level.

April 3, 2012

Steel Framing Progress at the Phoenix Arizona Temple
Beautiful aerial photographs of the Phoenix Arizona Temple show the progress being made on the steel framing. A circular element atop the steel skeleton will help form the ceiling of the Celestial Room, located beneath the central spire.

March 24, 2012

Steel Framing for the Phoenix Arizona Temple Visible
As steel beams rise for the framing of the superstructure of the Phoenix Arizona Temple, excitement is rising among Phoenix-area members to see the completion of the building. Excavation and work on the substructure of the building began about five months ago.

February 29, 2012

Foundation Nearing Completion at Phoenix Arizona Temple
At the Phoenix Arizona Temple site, the walls of the subbasement have been backfilled and a basement floor has been poured over the top, which will feature stone flooring. The walls of the basement are nearing completion, and supporting steel and cement columns have been erected.

February 7, 2012

Aerial Update of the Phoenix Arizona Temple Foundation
Progress on the Phoenix Arizona Temple foundation is beautifully captured in this aerial photograph, showing the completed walls and floor of the subbasement and the rising walls of the basement. Seen in the center of the subbasement is the outline of the future baptismal font.

January 30, 2012

Subbasement Floors at the Phoenix Arizona Temple
At the Phoenix Arizona Temple, crews have graded the ground in the subbasement, laid down a vapor barrier, and installed horizontal rebar, which will reinforce the cement floors. Much of the square footage of the temple is below grade to minimize its visual impact on the surrounding neighborhood.

January 11, 2012

Digging Utility Trenches at the Phoenix Arizona Temple
Among the rebar and newly poured basement and subbasement walls of the Phoenix Arizona Temple, plumbers are preparing to lay pipes in freshly dug utility trenches. Another recent addition to the temple site is the cement footing for the baptismal font.

January 4, 2012

Forms and Footings at the Phoenix Arizona Temple
Construction of the Phoenix Arizona Temple moves ahead as seen in this beautiful aerial photograph taken on Christmas Eve. Forms are up in the subbasement as the exterior walls are poured and dried, and footings on the main basement level have been laid in preparation for walls on that level.

December 22, 2011

"How Firm a Foundation"
More cement forms have been set in place for the foundation of the Phoenix Arizona Temple where construction workers are enjoying mild temperatures and blue skies in sunny Phoenix. The new Phoenix and Gilbert temples will help serve members in the 70 stakes currently belonging to the Mesa Arizona Temple District.

December 16, 2011

Forms for Foundational Walls Being Set in Phoenix, Arizona
At the Phoenix Arizona Temple site, cement footings have been poured around rows of rebar in preparation for the foundational walls that they will support. Lumber has been delivered and is now being set in place as forms for those walls. Construction is expected to last about two more years.

December 8, 2011

"And Make Straight Paths for Your Feet"
Construction workers at the Phoenix Arizona Temple are laying a network of rebar in preparation for pouring the footings for the foundation of the temple. The extensive basement is the result of a compromise with neighbors who were concerned with the original two-story plan.

November 28, 2011

Excavation Efforts Captured at the Phoenix Arizona Temple
Excavation progress at the Phoenix Arizona Temple is easily identified in this stunning aerial photograph recently submitted to the website. Following excavation, footings will be poured, forms erected, and rebar installed in preparation for pouring the exterior cement walls of the temple's foundation.

November 19, 2011

Earth Movers at the Phoenix Arizona Temple Site
Heavy equipment is making fast work of the excavation for the foundation of the Phoenix Arizona Temple. Neighbors achieved compromise with the Church after nearly two years of seeking the attention of high-level Church officials, resulting in a Memorandum of Understanding.

November 4, 2011

Excavation for Foundation of Phoenix Arizona Temple Begins
With building permit now in hand, construction workers have been given the green light to start excavation for the foundation of the Phoenix Arizona Temple. Earth movers are shoveling dirt and placing it in a passing caravan of dump trucks to be hauled away.

October 31, 2011

Road Improvements at the Phoenix Arizona Temple
Construction of the Phoenix Arizona Temple is accompanied by road construction that includes widening of Pinnacle Peak Road and a new light signal at Pinnacle Peak Road and 51st Avenue. The meetinghouse parking lot improvement project is completed and the parking lot in use.

October 21, 2011

Construction to Begin on Temple Proper in Phoenix, Arizona
On Monday, October 17, the City of Phoenix issued a building permit for the Phoenix Arizona Temple. The permit describes the work as "foundation and super structure for new single story church with two basement levels."

September 11, 2011

New Parking at Phoenix Arizona Temple Site in Use
North of the Phoenix Arizona Temple site, new parking has been added, which offers an overflow location for meetinghouse patrons. While permits are still pending for construction of the temple proper, several preliminary permits have been issued for electricity, water, hauling, fencing, etc.

August 12, 2011

Connecting Water Line at the Phoenix Arizona Temple
At the Phoenix Arizona Temple construction site, below-grade utility work continues where a water line trench has been dug and recovered with gravel. The permitting process continues, allowing each phase of construction to advance. The temple will be the third in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

July 25, 2011

Hauling Dirt at the Phoenix Arizona Temple Site
At the construction site of the Phoenix Arizona Temple, earth movers have started digging for the below-grade utilities for the temple, which features a main level with a full basement. Ground was broken for the sacred structure early in June. Construction is expected to last about two years.

July 3, 2011

Wooden Stakes Mark Perimeter for Phoenix Temple Excavation
Permits were issued last month for grading, drainage, and hauling at the Phoenix Arizona Temple construction site. In preparation for the excavation activities, wooden stakes have been set in the ground to mark the perimeter of the foundation of the building. Construction is expected to last about two years.

June 4, 2011

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Phoenix Arizona Temple
At a small ceremony held in North Phoenix, Elder Ronald A. Rasband presided over the services that formalized the commencement of construction for the Phoenix Arizona Temple. Church and neighborhood representatives recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding.

May 29, 2011

Phoenix Temple Groundbreaking Slated for June 4
Construction of the Phoenix Arizona Temple will formally begin on Saturday, June 4, as announced in Phoenix-area sacrament meetings. Attendance at the temple site is by invitation only. Services will be broadcast to area meetinghouses.

May 11, 2011

Parking for Phoenix Arizona Temple Upheld as Sufficient
On May 5, the City of Phoenix Board of Adjustment unanimously upheld a decision previously rendered by the Zoning Adjustment Hearing Officer in February that the parking for the Phoenix Arizona Temple is more than adequate. A neighbor meeting will be held a year after dedication to discuss concerns.

March 23, 2011

Construction Sign and Fence Erected at Phoenix Temple Site
Preliminary construction is getting underway at the Phoenix Arizona Temple site where a construction sign and fence have been erected. Issuance of a building permit is still pending. Opposing neighbors have appealed a decision by a zoning adjustment hearing officer, who upheld parking calculations.

March 10, 2011

Preparatory Site Work in Phoenix
The City of Phoenix has issued permits for preliminary work to begin at the Phoenix Temple site including vegetation removal, fencing, drainage, and construction of a temporary parking lot. One ward in the adjoining meetinghouse has been relocated to reduce traffic and parking during construction. No groundbreaking date has been scheduled.

March 3, 2011

Phoenix Temple Parking Calculations Upheld
Subsequent to an appeal of the required number of parking spaces for the Phoenix Arizona Temple, a Zoning Adjustment Hearing Officer has upheld the calculation but has asked the Church to add 3 spaces due to a City error in calculating pew space.

February 23, 2011

County Issues Dust Control Permit for Phoenix Arizona Temple
On February 2, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department issued a dust control permit in preparation for construction of the Phoenix Arizona Temple. A notice has been posted on the temple site. The Church is still seeking a building permit from the City of Phoenix to allow construction to commence.

December 1, 2010

Redesigned Phoenix Temple Granted Preliminary Approval
On November 30, the City of Phoenix Planning and Development Services Department approved the preliminary site plan for the Phoenix Arizona Temple, which meets all zoning requirements. Final plans are to be submitted before building permits are issued.

August 16, 2010

Church Redesigns Phoenix Temple
The redesigned plan for the Phoenix Mormon Temple has been completed, which addresses concerns expressed by neighbors and complies with all of the residential zoning requirements for the area, including building height, set-backs, landscaped open spaces, parking places, and lighting.

January 26, 2010

Church Officials Say Phoenix Temple Height Will Be Lowered
The Phoenix Arizona Temple will be redesigned to lower the height of the building from 40 feet to 30 feet or less, complying with the residential zoning limit. The Church had received unanimous approval from the City Council to rezone the land, which would allow the extra ten feet. However, dissenting neighbors gathered over 16,000 protest signatures, leading to this latest compromise.

January 15, 2010

Optimism But No Resolution Over Phoenix Arizona Temple
Church officials met with opponents of the Phoenix Arizona Temple this week at the Church's meetinghouse. No definite solutions came of the meeting, but both sides feel more optimistic. Another meeting will be held in three weeks to continue discussions over traffic, lighting, and height concerns.

January 6, 2010

Church Officials and Phoenix Temple Neighbors Pursue Dialogue
"We want to show the neighbors that we can be a good neighbor," said Paul Gilbert, Phoenix temple legal representative. The Church is not relocating the temple, but officials wish to build bridges of understanding with neighbors who see the temple as negatively impacting the neighborhood.

December 31, 2009

Phoenix Temple Foes Gather Signatures To Overturn Council Decision
The political action committee that opposes the Phoenix Arizona Temple—the Phoenix Property Rights Coalition—says it has enough qualifying signatures to overturn a unanimous decision by the City Council to allow the Church to build the temple 10 feet higher than residential zoning laws allow. Redesigning the temple to be shorter is among the options the Church is considering.

December 3, 2009

City Council Says 10 More Feet OK for Phoenix Temple
The hotly contested rezoning request by the Church, which would allow it to build the Phoenix Arizona Temple 10 feet taller than the limit established for surrounding residences, went before the City Council last night. The Council unanimously approved the rezoning, but neighbors warn they will fight it.

November 23, 2009

Phoenix Residents Denounce Traffic Study, Oppose Temple Plans
Opponents of the Phoenix Arizona Temple are letting their voices be heard in the form of picketing and hiring a lawyer to defend the case of a faulty traffic study. The Phoenix City Council is scheduled to hold the final hearing on the rezoning request by the Church to increase the building height limit on the site from 30 feet to 40 feet. Residents are concerned about traffic, building size, and lighting.

November 11, 2009

Phoenix Planning Commission Recommends Temple Rezoning
On Tuesday, November 10, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended the rezoning request for the Phoenix Arizona Temple. An overflow crowd of passionate opponents and supporters of the project were in attendance. The City Council has final say on December 2. [NEWS STORY]

October 16, 2009

Deer Valley Committee Narrowly Passes Phoenix Temple Rezoning
Numerous supporters and opponents of the Phoenix Arizona Temple attended the Deer Valley Village Committee Planning Meeting on Thursday, October 15, to express their views on the project. Following a lengthy debate, the Committee recommended rezoning of the site in a 6-to-5 vote.

October 13, 2009

Planning Committee To Hear Phoenix Temple Rezoning Request
On Thursday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m., the Deer Valley Village Planning Committee will hear the request to rezone the Phoenix Arizona Temple site from residential to planned unit development. The staff recommends approval with the stipulation that the applicant submit a Traffic Impact Study.

September 30, 2009

Citizens Approach Councilwoman Williams on Phoenix Temple
Councilwoman Thelda Williams, who represents north Phoenix, said at her monthly breakfast meeting that "[the Phoenix temple] has a right to be there." However, she will serve as mediator between the Church and neighbors concerned over the height and lighting of the building. [News Story]

September 17, 2009

Phoenix Neighborhood Meeting
On September 15, over 200 residents gathered for a neighborhood meeting to discuss the proposal for the Phoenix Arizona Temple. Those in opposition expressed concern over the height, color, and lighting of the temple. Others supported developing the empty lot, called a "dumping ground," into a beautifully landscaped worship facility.

September 4, 2009

Phoenix Temple Rezoning Presentation Open to Public
Notice has been given of a meeting of the Deer Valley Village Planning Committee open to the public on September 17, 2009, where Paul Gilbert of Beus Gilbert PLLC will give a presentation on the rezoning request for the Phoenix Arizona Temple. The presentation is for information only.

July 27, 2009

Phoenix Arizona Temple Rezoning Application Resubmitted
On July 20, 2009, Beus Gilbert PLLC delivered its second submittal of a rezoning request to allow for construction of the Phoenix Arizona Temple, pursuant to review by Deer Valley Village Planner Kelly P. Walker. The revised application includes updated commentary, data, maps, photographs, and renderings of the project.

June 10, 2009

City of Phoenix Evaluates Rezoning Application
A rezoning application submitted by Beus Gilbert PLLC, the law firm representing the Church on the Phoenix Arizona Temple, requests the rezoning of an 8.94-acre site on Pinnacle Peak Road from Single-Family Residential to Planned Unit Development to allow for construction of the temple.

"Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught."
—Acts 5:20–21

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