Robrt Pela Tours Gilbert's New Mormon Temple

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The new temple is open to the public until March 2.
I visited the new Mormon temple in Gilbert. The big, beautiful art glass windows were worth the trip. The wall-to-wall interior limestone was stunning; the crystal chandeliers were magnificent. The building's castle-like, three-story neoclassic façade, layered with concrete and white quartz and topped by a 195-foot spire, is straight off a movie backlot or maybe one of Disney's better theme parks. There are water features and a pergola, and massive gardens filled with native plants. Where curb appeal is concerned, the Latter-day Saints have really delivered this time.

What's more, the temple might be the cleanest building I've ever been in. Having grown up in a home run by a housewife from Ohio, that's saying a lot. The marble floors were gleaming; the sunken baptistry spotless; the shiny entry hall neat as a pin. Even the shafts of light pouring through all that colored glass appeared to be dust-free.

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"All areas of the temple are beautifully and carefully maintained to preserve a spirit of reverence," the temple's website explains. "You show reverence and respect for the Lord and His house and invite the Spirit by being clean and presentable."

Of course. But this temple was more than clean and presentable. It appeared shrink-wrapped, as if it were being preserved for later use.

Which, in a way, it was. LDS churches -- or meetinghouses, as Mormons typically refer to them -- are open to anyone who wants to attend a Mormon religious service. But their temples, considered "houses of the Lord," are only accessible to dyed-in-the-wool Latter-day Saints. The 85,000-square-foot Gilbert temple has been open for public tours all month, but will be closed to non-Mormons following its formal dedication on March 2.

The Gilbert Temple is the 142nd operating LDS temple in the world, and the largest the Mormon Church has built in nearly two decades. It's one of four LDS temples in the state; the others are in Mesa, Snowflake, and the Gila Valley, and a fifth is currently under construction in Phoenix. Another, in Tucson, will be built in a few years.

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Gilbert Arizona Temple

3301 S Greenfield Rd, Gilbert, AZ

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Val Toland
Val Toland

How nice! A holy place of worship that endeavors to teach and reach the spiritual inside all of us. Thank you....

Lucia Perry
Lucia Perry

Dedicated to the International business conglomerate that's today's LDS.

Daniel Rush
Daniel Rush

Someone should write on it, "Feed the Poor!"

Michelle Clark
Michelle Clark

Lol almost a good article but not so much ...why mock something just because its not your cup of tea... its America freedom of religion and freedom of speech so go ahead and speak your mind but be GRATEFUL you have the right ro express yourself freely when other countries dont... instead of using your words to complain or make fun of maybe use your words in a positive manner to make a difference in peoples lives... positivity NOT negativity no matter what your beliefs are!!!! Its amazing how far kind words can go or better yet say nothing at all... putting down any religion is not cool just be grateful u have freedom of choice.

Lamar Armstrong
Lamar Armstrong

I took a tour and the sealing room was amazing although the giant chandelier looked like a crystal dreidel. Kinda funny I thought.

Tracy Lynn Sellers Cook
Tracy Lynn Sellers Cook

It is completely out of place amongst the modest small rural homes and remaining rural farmers in Gilbert. I think it's ugly.

Caroline Maul
Caroline Maul

I thought I wasn't allowed to go look inside, as I am not Mormon. But it is beautiful from the outside. I originally thought it was going to be a mosque when I saw it being built.

Lucia Perry
Lucia Perry

I toured it. Vanilla Heaven. Smiling guides. They want you to join. Somewhat bizarre to us Gentiles.

Gretchen Weidman
Gretchen Weidman

Why would anyone feel the need to waste sooooo much money to build this place??? Isn't there only suppose to be one per state?

Paula Russell
Paula Russell

for me...Jesus was born in a stable...why the grand church? ...just saying...

gtnoriega554
gtnoriega554

One of the nice things about living in America is that you are free to invent your own religion if you don't like what's currently available.  I've always admired the Mormons for doing this and even inventing their own scriptures.  Why not?

Linda Semple Hendrix
Linda Semple Hendrix

i am NOT into the religion but i toured this and its magnificent. gorgeous. even on the outside its beautiful...

WTF....
WTF....

 and you only took 2 pictures???? WTF

Walt Creed
Walt Creed

All that money... could have been used to help people instead of this gaudy display, oh well that's what church is all about theses days ...money

Chuck Klee
Chuck Klee

Did he eat any LSD while touring with the LDS?

cqiap
cqiap

The LDS Church already does that, and runs several humanitarian programs as well, that have done a lot for not just the poor, but second & third-world nations as well.

cqiap
cqiap

It's called the First Amendment. Deal with it.

petersonjulie
petersonjulie

Several states with more than one. 14 in Utah, 7 in California, 4 or 5  here now, and multiple other states with more than one. It's demand-based.

cqiap
cqiap

Why those grand Catholic cathedrals, or those mega protestant churches, or those giant mosques, or Buddhist temples, etc.

hals
hals

the majority of the money that mormons donate to the church goes to charity. not only do mormons currently run several humanitarian organizations they also spend a lot of money doing service.

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