A Temple in Phoenix
On 24 May 2008, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans to build a new temple in Phoenix, Arizona. This will be the fifth temple in Arizona and the third temple in the Phoenix metro area. The Phoenix Temple will be built at 5220 West Pinnacle Peak Road on property adjacent to the Church's meetinghouse.
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.
The redesigned Phoenix Temple will sit on just over 5 acres adjacent to the existing meetinghouse located at the intersection of Pinnacle Peak Road and 51st Avenue. The site will include an additional 200 parking places, intended to be used along with the existing 193 spaces at the meetinghouse. The total of nearly 400 parking spaces greatly exceeds both the requirements and the projected need for parking. The new design also exceeds all requirements for landscaped open space and building set-back.
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 — of up to 70 people at a time — that attend the temple throughout the day. Sometimes several groups may overlap one another at the temple (which is closed on Sundays) and at the meetinghouse if meetings or funerals are held during the week.
The original design of the temple was for a two-story building. To meet the existing zoning restrictions, the new design is a single-story building with a footprint of 27,423 square feet and a full basement. The spires, parapets and screen walls used to enclose mechanical areas on the roof are exempt from the 30-foot height limit set by the zoning restrictions. In responding to neighborhood concerns, the occupied portion of the building does not exceed this 30-foot limit. The spire adds approximately 90 more feet in height. 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.