Text and Photography by Janette Dahle Proctor and Lucas Henry Proctor

Editors’ note:  As you well know, we love to follow the temples as they are being built around the world.  Next week we will journey to Finland to bring you first-hand accounts of the people, the cultural celebration and the temple dedication in Helsinki.  We have been so curious to get an update on the Rexburg Idaho Temple in progress.  We asked our son, Lucas, and daughter-in-law, Janette, in Rexburg, to keep a photographic eye out as they see the temple rise on the hill above them.  In their first photo essay, the following are about a dozen pictures of this unique and beautiful temple, including a shot of the placing of the Moroni statue on the spire, September 21, 2006, just 18 days ago.  We hope you enjoy them.

November 5, 2005

Initial footings and foundation for the Rexburg Temple as seen from the southeastern corner.  The tarps seen on the right are covering concrete that was poured but not set to prevent freezing.  This is how much of the concrete had to be poured in order for work to progress through the winter.  Interesting note:  The groundbreaking of the Rexburg Idaho Temple had the highest attendance of any temple groundbreaking.

March 27, 2006

The steel framework partially completed.  The tarps spanning the levels had to be replaced frequently because the bitter winds would shred them to pieces in a matter of days.

May 9, 2006, Photo 1

Evening sunlight illuminates the pre-fabricated panels being installed on the southern side of the Temple as work continues on the steel framework.

May 9, 2006, Photo 2

A close-up of the pre-fabricated panels waiting to be installed shows in detail the type of material used.  The exterior is quartz from Washington State mixed with white concrete, then sandblasted so the quartz comes through to make it sparkle.

August 21, 2006

With most of the exterior paneling complete, the surveying for the gardens (far left) and the parking lots (middle and right) is under way.

September 19, 2006

A closer shot from the northwestern corner of the Temple highlights detailing on the Temple exterior.  The pre-fabricated panels came by semi-truck from Salt Lake City with some panels weighing up to 19 tons.  More than 5 million pounds in panels are on the structure, with a total of 637 panels.  With the spire complete, the placement of Moroni is anticipated in two days.

September 21, 2006

The placement of the statue of Moroni created enough excitement in Rexburg to draw a large crowd into the rainy, windy morning to catch a glimpse.  The men in the basket work to situate the statue 160 feet in the air.

September 22, 2006, Photo 1

This view from the northern side shows the majesty and beauty of the building.

September 22, 2006, Photo 2

The skyline will never be the same in Rexburg, Idaho.

September 22, 2006, Photo 3

The holy inscription above the main entrance already greets visitors to the Temple site.

September 27, 2006

The Temple as seen from the east is truly breathtaking, especially in the bright light of dawn breaking.  From the ground to the base of the tower is 68 feet.  From the base of the tower to the top of the Moroni statue is another 100 feet (the Moroni statue is 13 feet including the ball) for a total of 168 feet.  Note the famous “R Hill” in the background — the letter that has, since 1962, been a reminder of Ricks College — now Brigham Young University-Idaho.  The Temple can be seen from endless viewpoints from around the valley because of its prominence on the hill.