Intellectual Reserve Inc.
Edmonton Alberta Temple
Click here for Edmonton Alberta Temple information
including temple schedule and directions from lds.org.
Announced: Aug. 11, 1998.
Location: 14325 53rd Ave. NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5G6; phone: (780)
434-7436; no clothing rental.
Site: 1 acre.
Exterior features: Light gray granite quarried in Quebec.
Temple design: Classic modern.
Architect: Robert Bennett of Bennett Architect, Inc. and Church A&E
Project manager: Cory Karl.
Contractor: Binder Construction Limited.
Rooms: Baptistry, celestial room, two ordinance rooms, two sealing rooms.
Total floor area: 10,700 square feet.
Dimensions: 149 by 77 feet.
District: Six Edmonton area stakes.
Groundbreaking, site dedication: Feb. 27, 1999, by Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi
of the Seventy and second counselor in the North America Central Area
Dedication: Dec. 11-12, 1999, by President Gordon B. Hinckley; 7 sessions.
Done by President Gordon B. Hinckley
Almighty God, God of our Fathers, we call on Thee in humble prayer. We are
met in sacred assembly to dedicate this holy temple. It is our offering to
Thee, dear Father.
Acting in the authority of the everlasting priesthood which has come from
Thee, and in the name of Thine Only Begotten Son, we dedicate to Thee and
to Him this the Edmonton Alberta Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. With holiness unto Thee, it now becomes the house of the
We dedicate the surrounding grounds that beauty may emanate therefrom. We
dedicate the building from its footings to the figure of Moroni. We
dedicate all of the interior facilities and furnishings, including the
Baptistry, the rooms accommodating the initiatory ordinances and the
endowment service, the beautiful Celestial Room, the sealing rooms with
their sacred altars, and all other facilities of this hallowed house. "May
it stand secure when the storms of winter blow upon it. May it be
safeguarded from the destructive hands of vandals and pranksters. May all
who look upon it recognize it as a place of holiness deserving of reverence
and respect unto Thee.
Following this dedication may only those who are worthy in Thy sight cross
the portals of this Thy house. When they enter herein, may they do so
knowing that they come as Thy guests, here to feel the presence of Thy Holy
Spirit. Enlighten their minds with an understanding of the sacred
ordinances in which they will participate.
Sanctify, O Father, these beautiful premises to the accomplishment of Thine
eternal purposes concerning Thy children of all the generations of
This temple has been made possible by the tithes of Thy faithful Saints
throughout the world. Wilt Thou bless them as keepers of the covenants
which they make with Thee. Shower Thy gifts upon them. Prosper them in
their various endeavors, and let Thy nurturing hand reach out to them to
lead them in ways of peace. Bless the husbands and the wives, the parents
and the children that love may abide in the homes of Thy people, and that
they may look to Thee as their Father and their God.
Let Thy providence be felt in this great nation of Canada that it shall
continue to be a land where Thy sons and daughters enjoy the precious boon
of freedom of assembly and worship. Bless those who govern that they shall
look with favor upon Thy people, and may Thy work grow in numbers, in
majesty, and in strength in this good land.
May "Thy servants go forth from this house armed with Thy power, and that
Thy name may be upon them, and Thy glory be round about them, and Thine
angels have charge over them" (D&C 109:22).
Holy Father, we pray for Thy work wherever it may be established, that the
doors of the nations may be opened and that Thy servants may be welcomed
into the homes of the people.
We invoke Thy special blessings upon all who shall serve in this house,
upon the temple presidency, the matron and her assistants, and all who have
to do with the ordinance work, that they shall not weary or tire, but that
they may be given strength for the task at hand.
Bless those who come as patrons that the solemnities of Thy work may rest
upon and bring peace into their hearts.
Bless Thy work in all the earth. Let Thy Holy Spirit come upon Thy people.
Prosper them in their labors. Strengthen them for the work of each day. May
their rest at night be sweet and untroubled.
All that we have and are we place in Thy hands, dear Father. Accept of our
labors. Accept of our love. May the covenants we have made with Thee remain
ever bright in our memories, that we may walk the straight and narrow path
that leads to Thy divine presence.
For all that Thou hast done for us we thank Thee, and seek Thy blessings
upon us in the name of our Savior and Redeemer, Thy divine Son, even the
Lord Jesus Christ, amen.
Temple dedicated in 'hub of the north'
By Sarah Jane Weaver
Church News staff writer
EDMONTON, Alberta The Edmonton Alberta Temple, dedicated by
President Gordon B. Hinckley Dec. 11-12, has unified Church members living
in and around this "hub of the north."
"We have become something we never thought we would become a
temple city," said temple Pres. Donald D. Salmon.
And as such, Edmonton is now a place where couples who traditionally
would retire to southern Alberta are staying, where members living on the
northern outskirts of the province are now renewing and forging
friendships, and where Latter-day Saints are now reaching across branch,
ward and stake boundaries as part of a larger temple district.
"The temple gives us the association with all members," explained Pres.
Salmon. "We are coming together to work and serve."
The Church's 67th temple stands as a dominant part of Alberta's capital
city. Located on 53rd Avenue, the temple can be seen from the Whitemud
freeway. Impressions of Alberta's wild rose and wheat shaft, commonly
farmed in the province's rich soil, grace the front of the edifice,
constructed of granite quarried in Quebec.
The temple district serves some 14,800 members in five stakes,
stretching hundreds of miles across the northern end of Alberta.
An estimated 6,879 Church members attended one of seven dedicatory
sessions for the new temple, the fifth operating in Canada. President
Hinckley, accompanied by his wife, Marjorie, presided over the dedication.
Also in attendance were Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve
and his wife, Colleen; Elder Hugh W. Pinnock of the Seventy and president
of the North America Central Area, and his wife, Anne; and Elder Blair S.
Bennett, Area Authority Seventy, and his wife, Jane.
Vinyl tents and enclosed walkways to the new temple protected members
from outside temperatures, which traditionally drop each December to minus
30 or 40 degrees Celsius. However, milder temperatures, hovering around
zero degree Celsius, prompted numerous local Latter-day Saints to declare
that this winter they were experiencing "temple weather."
A tent also enclosed a small area for the cornerstone ceremony, attended
by members of a choir directed by Viola Wallbank of the Edmonton Alberta
Riverbend Stake and six children, dressed in their Sunday best. Others
viewed the ceremony via video transmitted live into the temple and
adjoining stake center.
President Hinckley placed mortar on the top edge of the cornerstone
before inviting others in his traveling party, members of the temple
presidency and the children to participate.
The Church has a rich history in Edmonton a city known for the
world's biggest mall and Wayne Gretzki, the world's greatest hockey
Although LDS university students and government leaders lived in
Edmonton as early as 1920, the first recorded Church meeting was not held
in this city until 1933. Then in 1935, N. Eldon Tanner (later a counselor
in the First Presidency) moved to northern Alberta, where he served during
the next 16 years in Church leadership positions. In 1951 the first Church
building in the city was dedicated on Whyte Avenue and the first stake was
organized Nov. 15, 1960.
LeRoy Rollins, called as president of that stake, could not be happier
to see the dreams of Edmonton's pioneer generation fulfilled with the
dedication of the temple.
"I imagined it. I worked toward it. I knew we would have a temple in
Edmonton, it had to be," said Brother Rollins, now director of the family
history center in the Alberta Bonnie Doon Stake. "It marks a status we have
not had before. It will cause even greater growth in this city."
Pres. Salmon, who moved to Edmonton in 1951, also expects the temple to
escalate Church growth in Edmonton. It will unite the current Church
members in northern Alberta, as well, he said.
"Over the years we have seen the Church grow and divide [as new wards
and stakes are created]. This is a time for coming back together. The
temple will eliminate phrases such as 'I live in this stake or that stake.'
We will be in the temple with people from all stakes."
Like many others, Pres. Salmon and his wife, Joyce, had after retirement
planned to leave the harsh Edmonton winters and move to southern Alberta,
nearer the Cardston Alberta Temple. Then came the Aug. 11, 1998,
announcement of the Edmonton temple that changed their lives. "We are
staying and many others are staying, too," he said.
Some are even returning.
After the temple announcement, Calvin G. and Verona Harker Merkley sold
their home in Lethbridge, Alberta, where they had planned to spend
their retirement years closer to a temple and returned to their home
ward in Edmonton.
"We are coming home to family and the temple; we can't beat that," said
Now members of the River Valley Ward, Edmonton Alberta Riverbend Stake,
the Merkleys contemplate the miracle of the temple. "The influence of the
temple will be felt," Brother Merkley said.
Gordon L. Strate, and his wife, Myrna, have already witnessed the
influence of the temple, even though they live eight hours from Edmonton in
Fort St. John. While attending the temple dedication, the couple renewed
old friendships and forged new ones. "It is the best place in the world we
can go for peace, tranquility and happiness," explained Brother Strate, the
son of early Church pioneers in Edmonton.
Elder Bennett explained that Church members, divided by hundreds of
miles, now feel united by the temple.
The Edmonton Bonnie Doon Stake is comprised of 15 units, with the
furthest unit located 300 miles north, he said. In the Grande Prairie
Alberta Stake there are members who will drive between five to eight hours
to get to their stake center. Church members in Yellow Knife, he added,
live near the Arctic Circle, an estimated 15 hours north of Edmonton.
"To have a temple located here is going to bless lives in ways we really
don't even understand yet," he said. "This has literally been a fulfillment
of the hopes and dreams and aspirations of a generation that has lived and
served in Edmonton."
Ground is broken for temple in Canada, 'a monument
By R. Scott Lloyd
Church News staff writer
EDMONTON, ALBERTA In a crowded stake center and in proceedings
carried by audio feed to 19 other locations in northern Alberta and part of
British Columbia, Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi of the Seventy presided over the
Feb. 27 groundbreaking for the Edmonton Alberta Temple.
"This is a monument of your faith, and Heavenly Father truly has
answered your prayers," declared Elder Kikuchi, second counselor in the
North America Central Area presidency, regarding the temple, which is being
constructed to the west of the Edmonton Alberta Riverbend Stake Center.
The 10,500-square-foot temple, with its gold-leafed Angel Moroni statue
rising 80 feet above ground level, will have prominent visibility to
motorists on the adjacent Whitemud Freeway.
An estimated 3,500 people witnessed the service. They included those who
filled the stake center chapel and cultural hall and others linked by audio
feed in the Edmonton Millwoods, Edmonton Bonnie Doon and Grande Prairie
stake centers. The feed was also carried to meetinghouses in Cherry Grove,
Fort McMurray, St. Paul, Athabasca, Lloydminster, Vermillion, Wainwright,
Drayton Valley, Devon, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Fairview, Hinton,
Edson, White Court and Slave Lake.
A video tape of the service was shown later in the day to members of the
Red Deer Alberta Stake.
Those locations are all in the five-stake temple district.
With such a large and far-flung congregation, only a representative 300
people could be invited to come out to the site where the ground was
broken. The congregation seated in the stake center saw the groundbreaking
by video feed, while an announcer narrated it for those in other
meetinghouses who were listening via audio feed.
Elder Kikuchi and Elder Blair S. Bennett, Area Authority Seventy, turned
the first shovelsful of soil. They were followed by a group composed of the
five stake presidents in the temple district and the president of the
Calgary Alberta East stake who represented the five stakes in the Calgary
The third group to wield the gold-colored shovels consisted of city,
provincial and federal dignitaries including Edmonton Mayor Bill Smith; Ian
McClelland, Rahim Jaffer and Jack Ramsay, members of Parliament; and Albert
Klapstein of the Provincial Legislature. They were followed by groups
consisting of long-time residents and recent converts in the area;
young-married couples and Primary children; and youth.
In remarks given in the chapel, Elder Kikuchi said: "The temple is a
place to know our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. . .
. I testify to you as we walk with clean hands, clean minds and
clean hearts, you and I will feel the most celestial, profound feelings
there, a feeling of His love and a celestial glow, a celestial tranquility
which you can never acquire anywhere else in the world."
He added that the temple is the place where Heavenly Father's children
can, will, and must receive the essential and sacred ordinances to return
to His presence.
"The temple is a place to learn the great plan of our Heavenly Father,"
he said. "This is a place for our thanksgiving, for instruction, for
understanding the mystery of God and also our ministry in the Kingdom of
God, God's theory, God's principle, God's doctrine."
Those who go to the temple will be armed with God's holy power, Elder
Kikuchi declared, citing a prophecy and prayer of Joseph Smith in the
In his talk, Elder Bennett separately addressed three groups whom he
called the "pioneers," the "builders" and "our future."
To the first group, "those faithful brothers and sisters who were
present when our members here were less than 100," he said: "It is because
of your commitment and your unwavering devotion to magnifying your callings
that our numbers have swelled . . . . We truly stand on your
To the "builders" or stake missionaries, he said: "The construction of a
temple in Edmonton will provide you with significant opportunities to open
your mouths. May the Lord bless you as you magnify your callings. And now,
go forth and do so."
And to "the future," the children or "youth of the noble birthright," he
said: "The Edmonton temple will serve as a beacon, a guiding light in your
lives. Plan your futures around this holy edifice. It is our desire that
you establish ownership of the temple in your lives."
LeRoy Rollins, who was the first stake president in Edmonton, gave a
historic overview of local Church history. He spoke of the Gordon family of
six, the first Church members to live in the area as they undertook a
government contract in 1914 but who stayed only two years and then moved
He said that in the 1920s, university students and government employees
who were Church members came, though no records were kept of their
meetings, so the first recorded meeting was Feb. 26, 1933, at the Alph and
Mabel Strate home. This small group soon became a branch of the Lethbridge
"About 1935, N. Eldon Tanner and Solon E. Low came with their families,
effectively doubling the membership of the Latter-day Saints in Edmonton,"
Brother Rollins said. "N. Eldon Tanner [later a counselor in the First
Presidency] became a highly loved and respected leader of the Saints here,
standing in that position of leadership for the next 16 years. . .
"I had the privilege as a young school teacher of attending the branch
in those years. In my first trip to Edmonton I was impressed with how I was
welcomed by Pres. Tanner, how he reflected a spirit of love, how he gave me
a sense of being needed and how he recognized my personal worth."
Brother Rollins recalled that members by 1943 grew tired of cleaning up
beer bottles and other debris in rented halls so that services could be
held. Through their sacrifice, a building was finally dedicated on White
Avenue in 1951 by President Stephen L Richards of the First Presidency that
is still in use today.
The branch was divided, and by May 19, 1953, the Western Canadian
Mission was formed. The Edmonton Stake was organized on Nov. 15, 1960.
"Over the 12 years that I had the privilege of being stake president,
the membership doubled to 16 wards and branches," Brother Rollins noted.
"It's interesting that the Church grew from 2 million in 1960 to 10 million
now, five times [the size in 1960]. This area [Edmonton] grew from roughly
2,000 of then to the 15,000 of now, which is 7 1/2 times. For this we
should be grateful."
A combined choir from the Red Deer, Bonnie Doon, Millwoods and Riverbend
stakes provided music under the direction of Maureen Williams and
accompanied by Tammy Garside.
Even before the groundbreaking, site work had commenced; the level was
already several feet below the usual grade, and pilings were already
installed. Binder Construction in Alberta is the contractor.
The temple will be the second in Alberta and will eliminate the need for
Church members to drive many miles south to Cardston for temple sessions.