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The San Diego California Temple is the 45th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The San Diego California Temple is located adjacent to the main thoroughfare between San Diego and Los Angeles. The temple, which is located on seven acres, reaches 190 feet in the air with a gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni atop the highest tower. Every day, tens of thousands of cars travel the freeway and see the temple with its gleaming white exterior.[1]

Latter-day Saints (commonly called Mormons), have lived in San Diego for nearly 166 years. On January 29, 1847, the soldiers of the Mormon Battalion entered San Diego, completing the longest infantry march in the history of the United States Army. Recruited to help secure California in the Mexican War, these pioneers left their wives and children and marched more than 2,000 miles from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to the Presidio of San Diego. After the Mexican War, some members of the Mormon Battalion settled in California.

President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the San Diego California Temple on April 25, 1993. President Hinckley cautioned the members to never lose sight of the purpose of temples, "the whole purpose is to provide a place where we can worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience, exercise the priesthood that has been restored in its fullness and receive the blessings that are administered only in these holy houses." [2]

The San Diego California Temple has a total of 72,000 square feet, four ordinance rooms, and eight sealing rooms.



  1. "45th Temple Dedicated: Dream becomes reality as temple is dedicated", LDS Church News, May 1993
  2. "The First 100 Temples", by Chad Hawkins, 2001, p 123-125

Temples in California

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