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Announced: April 1, 1981.
Location: 12 miles north of the downtown area, at 6363 Willow Lane, Dallas,
TX 75230-2227; phone: (972) 991-1273.
Site: 6 acres.
Exterior finish: Light-colored marble tile walls, dark gray slate roof.
Temple design: Modern adaptation of earlier six-spire design.
Architects: Church architectural staff, with assistance from West &
Humphries of Dallas.
Construction adviser: Virgil Roberts.
Contractor: Comtrol Inc. of Midvale, Utah.
Rooms: Baptistry, celestial room, five ordinance rooms, three sealing
Total floor area: Originally 17,850 square feet; 44,207 square feet
Dimensions: 236 feet by 78 feet; tower, 95 feet; statue of Angel Moroni on
District: 16 east Texas stakes and one Louisiana stake.
Groundbreaking, site dedication: Jan. 22, 1983, by President Gordon B.
Dedication: Oct. 19-24, 1984, by President Gordon B. Hinckley; 23 sessions.
Rededicated March 5, 1989 by President Gordon B. Hinckley.
Done by President Gordon B. Hinckley
O God, Our Eternal Father, Thou Great Elohim, we come unto Thee in solemn
prayer. Praise be to Thy name. Praise be to the name of Thine Only
Begotten, our Redeemer and our Lord. Hear us, we beseech Thee, as we
dedicate Thy holy house.
Our hearts are filled with thanksgiving as we bow before Thee. We are
grateful for Thy priceless blessings. We thank Thee for the gift of Thy
Beloved Son, who gave His life for us and all mankind. Through His
sacrifice He broke the bands of death and unlocked the door to immortality
and eternal life.
We thank Thee, Father, for this glorious season in the history of the
earth, this dispensation of the fulness of times when Thou hast restored
the gifts, blessings, and authority of all prior dispensations, ushered in
by that glorious first vision given the Prophet Joseph Smith. We thank Thee
for him, and for all of the gifts and authority restored to the earth
through him. We thank Thee for the mighty faith and the marvelous works of
those who have preceded us in laying the foundation and building Thy
kingdom in the earth. Help us to be worthy of the heritage they have left.
We thank Thee for the manner in which Thou hast prospered Thy work. It has
grown over the earth in breadth and strength and numbers. Thy people bear
witness of its truth and beauty in many tongues.
We thank Thee for this day when with grateful hearts we present to Thee
this holy house. We thank Thee for the vision of Thy prophet of our day in
declaring that a temple should be built here. Bless all who have aided in
its construction. It is now complete, and as Thy servants, acting in the
authority of the Holy Priesthood and in the name of Jesus Christ, we
dedicate to Thee and to Thy Beloved Son this, the Dallas Texas Temple of
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We dedicate the ground on
which it stands, and all parts and facilities of the structure. We dedicate
the furnishings and the equipment associated therewith. We dedicate it as
Thy holy house and as the house of Thy Son, for the sacred purposes which
Thou hast revealed for the blessing of Thy children, both the living and
the dead. Please accept it as the consecrated offering of Thy thankful
We pray that Thou wilt honor it with Thy presence, and with the presence of
Thy Beloved Son. May Thy Holy Spirit abide here, and may all who enter bask
in its warmth.
We pray that Thou wilt bless the surrounding grounds, that their beauty may
reflect the beauty of Thy handiwork. Bless the structure that it may stand
with dignity and strength as an expression of the dignity and strength of
this, Thy great latter-day work. Preserve it from wind and storm, and from
the desecrating hands of those who are instruments of the adversary of
truth. May their evil designs be stayed by Thy mighty power, and wilt Thou
touch their hearts that they may see the error of their ways and cease from
further efforts against Thy work and Thy people. May this beautiful temple,
standing in this community, become a declaration to all who shall look upon
it, of the faith of Thy saints in the revealed things of eternity, and may
they be led to respect that which is sacred unto us, Thy people.
May all who enter this Thy house be clean of mind and body. May they labor
here with an eye single to Thy glory, and wilt Thou bless them with a
spirit of gratitude for the great eternal gifts here to be given. Wilt Thou
cultivate within their hearts a desire to labor in behalf of the dead, and
wilt Thou grant them joy and gladness in so doing as they extend
vicariously to those beyond the veil of death those ordinances required of
Thy sons and daughters that they may go forward on the way that leads to
Father in heaven, hallow these halls and sanctify these rooms and all of
the facilities of this sacred edifice. May all of the structure, together
with its furnishings and equipment, function harmoniously for the
accomplishment of the work to be done herein. May this be a house of peace
and worship, a house of faith and prayer to all who shall serve here. We
pray that Thou wilt bless the temple presidency and all who labor with them
in this Thy holy house.
Prosper Thy work in this part of Thy vineyard. May the dedication of this
temple mark the beginning of a new and glorious day for Thy Church in this
area. May the voices of evil be stilled. May the declaration of Thy truth
be strengthened. May many hearts be opened to Thine everlasting gospel as
it is proclaimed by Thy faithful servants. Father, may Thy work grow both
here and across the world.
We pray for Thy prophet, Spencer W. Kimball, that Thy healing, sustaining
power may be upon him. We pray for all associated with him in directing the
work of Thy kingdom and for all who have responsibility therein wherever it
may be organized. Open the doors of the nations to the teaching of the
everlasting gospel that all who are inclined toward truth may hear Thy word
and partake of Thy blessings.
Now, our beloved Father, please smile with favor upon us and upon our
generations after us. Help us to walk the straight and narrow road that
leads to life eternal. Help us to be true and faithful in all things
according to Thy pattern and commandments.
O God, our Father, we worship Thee and love Thee. Accept of our thanks.
Extend Thy mighty arm in our behalf to our eternal blessing and our
everlasting joy, we humbly pray in the name of Him whom we also love and
reverence, even Thy Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Dallas members 'not fancy; just steady,
By Kevin Stoker, Church News Staff Writer
Mirrored skyscrapers dominating the downtown Dallas landscape reflect
more than wealth and prosperity - they symbolize independent entrepreneurs
who have come here to find the American dream.
But for many thousands of Latter-day Saints, a more apt symbol of their
lives probably is the Dallas Texas Temple, located in a wooded residential
area in North Dallas.Dedicated in 1984, the temple, with its gray-white
marble veneer, represents the spiritual riches of Dallas' Latter-day
Saints. When it was announced and built, the temple sparked a lot of
opposition in this Bible Belt city. However, much of the negative feelings
have mellowed, and some of the local religious leaders have re-evaluated
their feelings about the Church because of the temple, said Pres. Douglas
Brinley of the Texas Dallas Mission.
"We're not where we ought to be when it comes to missionary work,"
Pres. Brinley said. "But we're on the threshold."
Missionary work isn't easy, he said. Most of the people here attend
churches and are content with their religions. In some of the businesses,
it's not uncommon for employees to have an office prayer each day.
Investigators mainly come from member referrals or among the large numbers
of people moving into Dallas. The city's two Asian branches are among the
fastest growing in the mission, Pres. Brinley reported.
For the Church to prosper in Dallas, said Elder Stephen Winn from Idaho
Falls, Idaho, the missionaries need to understand the background of Texans
- their independence and pride.
"To be successful here," added his companion, Elder Peter Samoona from
Detroit, Mich., "you just have to think like a Texan."
Through the years, the Church's growth in Dallas has been steady, with
strong LDS families moving in from other parts of the country and hundreds
of converts joining the Church each year, local leaders report.
At the end of 1987, the three stakes within the city - Dallas, Dallas
East and Plano - had nearly 11,000 members in 23 wards and six branches. In
the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Church has two missions, 10 stakes and
Of the Dallas stakes, Plano enjoyed the fastest growth rate last year
at 8.2 percent. It also had the highest rate of attendance at sacrament
meetings, at 56 percent.
"We try to follow the Church program," explained Pres. L. Hilton
Kennedy of the Plano Texas Stake. "We don't try to do anything fancy or
unusual. We just try to make an effort to give personal attention to
Two years ago, the stake was struggling to improve its home teaching,
the stake president said. New elders quorum presidents were called, some of
them recent converts, and more people began to be visited and attendance at
meetings also improved.
Another area the stakes have emphasized has been public relations. In
each ward, public communications directors have been called and trained.
Last quarter, stake public communication specialists helped place 1,000
column inches of articles about the Church in the area's newspapers. These
efforts have helped non-members gain a better perception of the Church,
Pres. Kennedy said.
An engineer, the stake president works for a company that builds
data-processing equipment. He moved to Dallas from the Southeast, where he
grew up attending Church in a home Sunday School.
On Sundays, he prepared the sacrament, blessed it, often gave a
21/2-minute talk and taught a Sunday School lesson. He feels strongly about
youth participating actively in their wards and stakes. One unit in his
stake where the youth program is especially strong is the Plano 3rd Ward.
Recently, the ward had 30 members turn out to work at the stake welfare
farm while another large group of adults and youths filled a temple
assignment. During a three-month period, the ward's youth performed 3,500
baptisms for the dead.
"There's a tremendous amount of faith among the members in general, and
that produces an environment for growth and learning," said Bishop Steven
Passey of the Plano 3rd Ward. "They're a caring people. Sometimes the
statistics don't always reflect the quality of the work that's going on in
After a successful youth conference in March, most of the ward's youth
shared their testimonies at the next fast meeting.
"There was such an outpouring of appreciation and concern for one
another that it was just an incredible experience," Bishop Passey said. "I
had made several attempts to conclude the meeting, but the youths were so
sincere and the spirit so strong, I just let it continue.
"Our youths aren't perfect by any means," he added. "But whenever they
are involved in meaningful service activities, they respond."
A willingness of members to serve also is one of the strengths of the
Dallas Texas East Stake, said Pres. Jerry Dean Tousa.
Pres. Tousa, an assistant high school football coach, joined the Church
in 1965, largely because of the example of his wife, Mary Lynn. She was
born and reared in the Church in St. George, Utah.
A pair of dedicated stake missionaries from the Dallas 1st Ward worked
with him for a long time, but still he wouldn't commit to baptism. Finally,
one of the missionaries asked him why he didn't just get down on his knees
"That was the turning point," he said. He has since served in several
Church callings and now presides over a stake with 10 units and more than
"We're very diverse, both ethnically and economically," he said. The
stake has more than 250 members in a Spanish Branch and another 100 members
in its Asian Branch.
He said being a football coach has helped him as stake president, and
his Church job has helped him as a coach. The stake leader prefers working
with high school-aged youths because they are still impressionable.
"The fact that I have a testimony of the gospel helps me keep things in
proper perspective," he said. "They take football seriously in Texas, but
it's still a game. There's no justification for athletics unless it's
affecting young people for the better."
In the Dallas Texas Stake, Kathleen Shelley, Relief Society president
of the Irving 2nd Ward, is an attorney who works with all ages from infants
to the elderly. She handles immigration and adoption cases. She and her
husband, John, who retired from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization
Service, work out of an office in their home.
"We found so many who needed help," she said. "The main thing I like
about it is the different people we get to know."
She joined the Church while she was a law student at the University of
Texas in the late 1950s. She and her sister studied together with the
missionaries. The feisty law student, one of only four women in the law
school, wanted to show "just how wrong these people are."
Though she debated with the missionaries, she found she already
believed most of the things they were teaching. She was baptized Oct. 4,
Karl Kuby also was baptized in the late 1950s. An immigrant from
Germany, Kuby and his wife, Ria, came to south Texas with little money.
"My wife and I were really humbled," he said. "I worked for nearly
nothing. I mean we had to really struggle. It humbled me so much that my
heart was opened when these missionaries came."
He gave two missionaries a ride while driving home from work one day in
San Juan, Texas. If he had stayed in Germany, he believes, he probably
never would have been ready to accept a new religion.
"I needed something," he said. "The pride was melted away."
After his baptism, Kuby moved to Dallas, opened his own cafe and
delicatessen and has now built it into a thriving business, located near
Southern Methodist University. Last year he fulfilled one of his long-time
dreams and opened a first-class German restaurant.
"I work hard and work many, many hours," he said. "It's sometimes hard
to converse and tell people about the gospel. So I think the number one
thing we always need to emphasize is the temple."
The temple, for Kuby and other members here, is a symbol of the faith
they want to share.
72% of ward's recommend holders make 250-mile temple
Pint-sized miracles and lots of love helped make a success of Tulsa 5th
Ward's trip to the Dallas Texas Temple Feb. 27.
The trip was the result of months of effort by ward members and Bishop
Joe P. Bray. Some of the members had waited up to 20 years to return to the
temple. Seven others received their own endowments, and two families were
sealed. Forty-eight of the ward's 66 recommend holders - 72 percent - made
the 250-mile trip to Dallas, Texas.Ward leaders worked closely with the
home and visiting teachers in encouraging families to prepare for the
temple. Three temple preparations classes were held. Some members felt they
"had been loved to the temple."
Ward leaders carefully planned the trip, and chartered a bus.
However, Jean Croke, who was going to the temple for the first time,
missed the bus when it left at 5 a.m. She immediately went to the airport
and caught a flight to Dallas not knowing how she'd get to the temple from
the airport. Coincidentally, on the same flight was another ward member who
helped her with transportation to the temple.
Following a very spiritual day at the temple, members returned home
grateful for their experience. The next day, a Sunday, they held a
testimony meeting of appreciation. After the meeting, they set family
history and temple goals and planned a trip for even more ward members.
"We are ready to make the goals come to pass," said Bishop Bray. "The
spirit and power of the temple have become a reality to the entire ward."