A Temple in Boise
Originally dedicated in 1984, the Boise Idaho Temple has undergone extensive renovation. The temple was closed in July of 2011 in order to make several changes. Among the changes are a new granite exterior, along with a significantly remodeled and refinished interior.
The public is invited to visit the temple during an open house from Saturday, 13 October until Saturday, 10 November 2012, excluding Sundays. Reservations will be available at BoiseMormonTemple.org in the coming weeks. The temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, 18 November 2012.
In conjunction with the dedication of the temple, there will also be a cultural celebration featuring music and dance on Saturday, 17 November 2012.
Once the temple is rededicated it will be one of four temples operating in Idaho. Other temples currently operating in the state are located in Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Twin Falls. A fifth Idaho temple has been announced and will be built in Meridian.
Facts about temples
Latter-day Saint temples are aesthetically beautiful buildings with meticulous landscaping. Everything about the architecture is designed to honor God and complement the local community.
Temples differ from the tens of thousands of local meetinghouses throughout the world where members typically meet for Sunday worship services and midweek social activities — and where visitors are always welcome. Temples are used solely for the performance of sacred ordinances and religious instruction aimed at strengthening members’ relationships with God, their family and others around them.
To members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, temples are houses of the Lord, the most sacred places on earth. Temple services bind families together forever, teach the purpose of life and explain God’s plan of salvation. Temple attendance strengthens Latter-day Saints’ commitment to living Christian principles, emphasizes personal spiritual growth and increases devotion to family.
Temples are not constructed with large meeting rooms like a cathedral and are not designed to hold large numbers of people at one time. Rather, they are constructed for smaller groups that attend the temple throughout the day. The temple is closed on Sunday.
In keeping with our standards of temple building, the materials and workmanship will be of the highest quality, and the grounds will be created and maintained to bring a sense of peace and tranquility to those who enjoy the grounds and the surrounding community.