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The Raleigh North Carolina Temple is the 68th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

For over 150 years the Mormon Church has had a presence in North Carolina. It began with a lone missionary, Jedediah M. Grant, preaching the message of the restored gospel and truthfulness of the Book of Mormon in 1838. Today there are more than 40,000 Latter-day Saints living in North Carolina, and the Raleigh North Carolina Temple will serve about 27,000 of these Saints.

Groundbreaking services for the Raleigh North Carolina temple were held on February 6, 1999. After the temple was completed about 31,000 people toured the temple during the open house. Visitors were surprised to see the many pictures of Jesus Christ. Wake County Commissioner Yevonne Brannon commenting on the pictures of the Savior said, "The artwork was simply stunning. I felt myself drawn to each painting and found myself wanting to linger in front of every scene so I could contemplate the meaning of what was being portrayed. But how could I selfishly do that with so many people behind me?" [1]

Before the first session Elder M. Russell Ballard, one of the Twelve Apostles, talked to a group of reporters. He described "how the Church shares goals with other religions, such as safeguarding 'values, family, fidelity, and the responsibility of parents for their children, teaching them correct principles, guiding, loving, and showing the way, not letting them get gobbled up by the ravages of the world.'" [1] It is because of this belief in families that the Mormon Church builds temples.

During the dedicatory prayer of the temple on the 18th of December 1999, President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “We pray for all who enter Thy house that they may be pure and clean in heart and hand. May they here ‘feel thy power, and feel constrained to acknowledge that thou hast sanctified it, and that it is thy house, a place of thy holiness’.” [2]

The temple features art glass windows and a white marble exterior. The classic modern design features a lone spire topped with a gold statue of the angel Moroni. The Raleigh North Carolina Temple has a total of 10,700 square feet, two ordinance rooms, and two sealing rooms.



  1. Church News, 25 December 1999.
  2. News of the Church,” Ensign, Mar. 2000, 74

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