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The Sacramento California Temple is the 123rd operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The First Presidency of the Mormon Church announced on April 21, 2001 that a temple would be built in the Sacramento, California area. This temple is the seventh Mormon temple in California. Despite the number temples within the state (more than any state except Utah), the need is still there. The Sacramento California Temple serves a growing membership which totals approximately 80,000 in the area.
Plans for building the temple were met with little resistance by the surrounding communities and government bodies. Many were glad for the building of the temple in the area because it would improve the land, and bring visitors and money into the area. There was some concern about the height of the temple spire and the Church agreed to lower it twenty feet.
On August 22, 2004 a site dedication and groundbreaking ceremony were held. Mormon Church President Gordon B. Hinckley presided at the ceremony and gave the site dedication prayer. Other prominent Church members from the area also attended the groundbreaking and site dedication, including Congressman John Doolittle and Mayor Rockholm. The site for the temple includes 46 acres and overlooks the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The temple grounds are designed to fit in with the surrounding landscape. The temple design is slightly larger than most of the Mormon temples currently under construction. The temple has a total of 19,500 square feet, two ordinance rooms, and four sealing rooms.
An open house took place July 29-August 26, 2006, to allow members of the Church as well as non-members in the community the opportunity to see the inside of the Mormon temple. The dedication of the Sacramento California Temple took place on September 3, 2006 with President Hinckley offering the dedicatory prayer.
Temples in California
- Fresno California Temple
- Los Angeles California Temple
- Newport Beach California Temple
- Oakland California Temple
- Redlands California Temple
- Sacramento California Temple
- San Diego California Temple