SACRAMENTO, California — The public is invited to tour the newly completed Sacramento California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The First Presidency of the Church has announced that an open house will begin on Saturday, 29 July, and will continue through Saturday, 26 August, excluding Sundays. Tours are available on Monday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
The temple is located at 2100 California Circle, Rancho Cordova, California.
Tickets are required of all visitors to the open house, and are available free of charge. They can be obtained by logging on to www.lds.org/reservations or by calling 1-800-537-6214.
Following the public open house, the temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, 3 September 2006, by Church President Gordon B. Hinckley as the 123rd operating temple of the Church. Four separate dedicatory sessions will be held to accommodate Latter-day Saints in the area who will be served by the new temple.
The temple will serve more than 80,000 Latter-day Saints in the Sacramento area and joins six other California temples located in Los Angeles (dedicated in 1956), Oakland (1964), San Diego (1993), Fresno (2000), Redlands (2003) and Newport Beach (2005).
A cultural celebration featuring the talents of more than 5,000 local Latter-day Saint youth is scheduled for Saturday, 2 September, at 6:00 p.m. in the ARCO Arena.
The area is rich in Latter-day Saint history. During the mid-1840s, Latter-day Saint pioneers arrived at New Helvetia (Sutter’s Fort) and settled north and southeast of what is now Sacramento. Other early Latter-day Saints established the settlement of New Hope on the Stanislaus River, south of Sacramento. Irrigation farming was first practiced in the San Joaquin Valley by Latter-day Saints who planted and harvested some of the first wheat and built the first flour mill in the area. Following the discovery of gold, Latter-day Saints returning to Utah blazed the Mormon Emigrant Trail — a 70-mile stretch of trail from the foothills east of Sacramento, through the rugged and uncharted Sierra Nevada Range, to Hope Valley (south of Lake Tahoe), creating the first east-west road for wagons into northern California.
The Sacramento California Temple is located on a hill covered in native oak trees, overlooking Lake Natoma on the American River. Its interior features numerous art-glass windows, sculpted carpet and an original mural depicting the Sierra Nevada Mountains and foothills. A water feature is centered at the entrance of the temple with arched colonnades flanking each side of the main entry.
Sacramento California Temple Facts
- Plans announced: 21 April 2001
- Groundbreaking: 22 August 2004
- Public open house: Saturday, 29 July 2006, through Saturday, 26 August 2006,
- Dedication: Sunday, 3 September 2006, by President Gordon B. Hinckley
(Note: President Hinckley will be 96 years old)
- Location: 2100 California Circle, Rancho Cordova, California
- Property size: 47 acres
- Building size: 19,500 square feet
- Building height: 131 feet
- Exterior: Temple white granite from Fuzhou, China
- Architects: Brian Everett and Maury Maher of Nichols, Melburg & Rossetto
(Fair Oaks, California)
- Contractor: Okland Construction (Salt Lake City, Utah)
When dedicated, this will be the Church’s 123rd operating temple worldwide and the seventh in California. Other temples in California are located in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, Fresno, Redlands and Newport Beach. An additional 11 temples have been announced or are under construction throughout the world.
The temple site also houses a Latter-day Saint meetinghouse and residences for the caretaker and temple president.
The angel Moroni statue atop the Sacramento California Temple is hollow, constructed with fiberglass, and clad with gold leaf and a clear protective coating. The statue stands approximately 14 feet tall on a 30-foot spire (steeple). It was designed by Karl Quilter and fabricated in Salt Lake City, Utah. It brings the total building height to 131 feet.
The Church in California and the Sacramento Area (Statistics as of 31 December 2005)
- Latter-day Saints in California (2 percent of state’s population): 756,807*
- Latter-day Saints served by Sacramento California Temple: 80,619
- Congregations in California: 1,386*
- Congregations in Sacramento California Temple district: 203
- Stakes in Sacramento California Temple district: 21
- Meetinghouses in California (used for Sunday worship): 626
- Meetinghouses in Sacramento area: 18
The Church Worldwide (Statistics as of 31 December 2005)
- Total Latter-day Saints: 12,560,869*
- Latter-day Saints in the United States: 5,690,672*
- Latter-day Saints outside the United States: 6,870,197*
- Total congregations: 27,084*
- Nations in which the Church operates: 170
- Languages in which basic Church curriculum is available: 157
- Full-time missionaries: 52,060*
- Temples in operation: 122
- Temples announced or under construction (including Sacramento California Temple): 12
- Copies of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ published since 1830: 128,991,640
For additional information about the Sacramento California Temple and for photos of the temple interior and exterior, visit www.newsroom.lds.org.