Intellectual Reserve Inc.
Idaho Falls Idaho Temple
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Announced: March 3, 1937.
Location: In northwestern Idaho Falls on the banks of the Snake River; 1000
Memorial Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83402-3497; phone: (208) 522-7669.
Site: 7 acres.
Exterior finish: Built of reinforced concrete. A mixture of white quartz
aggregate and white cement called cast stone covers the 16-inch thick
exterior walls in slabs two inches thick.
Temple design: Modern-contemporary.
Architects: Church board of temple architects; Edward O. Anderson, Georgius
Y. Cannon, Ramm Hansen, John Fetzer, Hyrum C. Pope, Lorenzo S. Young.
Construction adviser: Arthur Price.
Contractor: Birdwell Finlayson of Pocatello, Idaho.
Rooms: Baptistry, celestial room, four ordinance rooms, nine sealing
Total floor area: 92,177 square feet.
Dimensions: 192 feet by 234 feet; tower 148 feet high. Two annexes added
7,700 square feet. A 12-foot statue of Angel Moroni was added to the tower
Sept. 5, 1983.
District: 58 stakes in eastern Idaho, western Wyoming.
Groundbreaking, site dedication: Dec. 19, 1939, ground broken by David
Smith, North Idaho Falls Stake president. Site dedicated Oct. 19, 1940, by
President David O. McKay of the First Presidency.
Dedication: Sept. 23, 1945, by President George Albert Smith, 8 dedicatory
Done by President George Albert Smith
O Thou great and eternal God, Father of our spirits, Creator of the
heavens, the earth and all things therein; before whom all things are
present, whether past or yet to come; full of mercy and love, guided by
wisdom, judgment and justice in their perfection; in humility and with
thanksgiving and with our hearts filled with gratitude unto Thee, we
approach Thee through Thy Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our elder Brother,
who, through the great and exquisite sacrifice wrought out for us
magnanimous beyond our comprehension, made it possible that we might
approach Thee in humility on this great occasion, with our petitions and
supplications, in this House which we have built to Thy most holy name.
We pray Thee that Thou wilt cause our hearts to be purified in Thy sight
and our faith in Thee to be multiplied and increased so that our petitions
may reach Thy holy habitation and be answered in our behalf in accordance
with Thy infinite wisdom and love, and grant that the blessings we here
seek may be fully realized to Thy name's honor and glory.
We thank Thee for having raised up Thy servant, Joseph Smith, and that Thou
didst endow him and inspire him and reveal unto him Thy great purposes, and
that Thou didst manifest Thyself and Thy Beloved Son unto him, and didst
cause holy resurrected beings to minister unto him and to confer upon him
the Holy Priesthood after the order of Thine Only Begotten Son, and its
appendage, the Aaronic Priesthood; that Thou didst cause to be preserved on
gold plates, that they might withstand the ravages of time, an abridgement
of the political and ecclesiastical history of Thy ancient peoples who
occupied this western hemisphere, and of the inspired writings and sayings
of their prophets; and that Thou didst prepare Joseph Smith to receive and
translate these sacred records and make them available to all mankind, that
thereby man in our time might have a witness to the divine mission of Thine
Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, in addition to the Holy Bible, and thereby
be left without excuse on the last day when all shall be judged of their
works and accordingly be rewarded by a kind and loving though just and
We thank Thee for the restoration of the gospel in its fulness in these
latter days, and that Joseph Smith was directed to organize the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and that Thou didst reveal unto him the
proper order thereof, including apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers,
evangelists, etc. We thank Thee that Thou didst restore in these latter
days through the Prophet Joseph Smith the keys of each of the former
dispensations of the gospel of Thy beloved Son by those to whom they had
been committed, from Adam down to the present time, through Thine ancient
prophets, Elias, Moses, Elijah and Moroni. We thank Thee for the many
revelations Thou didst give to Thy servant, Joseph Smith, and didst cause
to be published for the benefit and guidance of Thy saints, as well as for
all mankind who would believe and follow them; and that Thou didst see fit
to covenant with Thy servant, Joseph Smith, that the Keys of the Kingdom
which Thou didst bestow upon him should not be taken from him in this world
nor in the world to come, and that Thou didst make provision for his
successors and their authority to carry forward Thy great work. We refer to
Presidents Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow,
Joseph F. Smith and Heber J. Grant. We are all grateful for their
ministries and for the marvelous accomplishments each in his time was able
to achieve under Thy divine guidance.
We are grateful unto Thee for those who now preside over Thy Church. We
pray that Thy servant, George Albert Smith, may be endowed of Thee with a
vigorous body and mind, with health and strength, and with the spirit of
prophecy, seership, revelation and of presidency, and with the ability to
magnify Thy great and holy name. Bless his faithful counselors, Joshua
Reuben Clark, Jr., and David Oman McKay, whom Thou hast given to advise him
and assist him, that they may possess great wisdom and excellent judgment
in all matters pertaining to Thy Church. Grant that perfect love and
confidence may exist in this Thy Presidency that they may be united as one
in all things pertaining to Thy work.
We do thank Thee for the labors of all faithful men, the Apostles and
Assistants, Patriarch, Seventies, Presiding Bishopric, and all those whom
Thou hast called to labor as General Authorities in Thy vineyard in this
last gospel dispensation, as well as those of all former dispensations. We
pray that Thou wilt sanctify their labors to the everlasting good of all
peoples everywhere, and to Thy name's honor and glory.
We thank Thee for Thy plan of salvation, for its magnitude and
comprehensiveness, and pray that Thy saints may live to be worthy to learn
of Thy desires concerning them until they come to a complete knowledge of
the truth. We pray that Thou wilt hasten the day when righteousness shall
cover the earth as the waters cover the mighty deep, and all men walk in
Thy paths and delight to do Thy holy will.
We thank Thee for the various offices in Thy Holy Priesthood, for High
Priests, Seventies, Elders, Priests, Teachers and Deacons. Wilt Thou
inspire these, in whatsoever office to which they may be called, to
function to the everlasting benefit of all to whom they may minister. We
pray that Thou wilt bless Zion with all of her interests, in all her
Stakes, Wards and Branches. May her borders be extended until Zion shall be
fully redeemed and her inhabitants glorify Thy holy name.
Confer upon Thy people, and especially upon Thy leaders, in all of their
various callings, Thy precious gifts of love, wisdom and judgment,
knowledge and understanding, faith and the spirit of testimony, light,
intelligence and capacity, and every attribute, blessing, gift and
qualification either necessary or desirable for them to have and to enjoy
in order that Thy great and important work may go forward to consummate its
glorious purpose. Father, wilt Thou preserve Thy saints in the unity of the
faith, in the way of truth, in the bonds of peace, and holiness of life. We
pray that the weak may be strengthened and Thy Holy Spirit be imparted to
We pray for the youth everywhere, and all organizations calculated to
develop their character and spirituality, and all which Thou hast caused to
be established for their blessing and instruction, including the Primary
Association, Sunday Schools, Young Men's and Young Women's Mutual
Improvement Associations, the Church educational system, including the
seminaries and institutes, and all the quorums of the Priesthood that have
to do with the teaching and instruction of the youth. May Thy Holy Spirit
be richly imparted to Thy young sons and daughters, that their faith may be
enlarged, that they may walk righteously and circumspectly before Thee. We
seek Thy blessings for all those who in any way devote their time in
teaching the youth of Zion, that they may exercise great wisdom and
judgment. May they be inspired in their guidance of Thy precious little
ones to lead them into paths of truth and righteousness, that thereby the
youth may lay a foundation upon which to establish righteous character and
become useful in developing Thy Church and Kingdom in the earth.
We pray for the daughters of Zion. May they be preserved in virtue,
chastity and purity of life, be blessed with vigorous bodies and minds, and
with great faith. May they develop into true womanhood and receive choice
companions under the new and everlasting covenant for time and for all
eternity in Thy temples provided for this priceless privilege and purpose.
May they too be privileged to enjoy as the fruits of their union a noble
posterity which, we pray Thee, may be taught at their mother's knee to
believe in Thee and in the divine mission of Thy Beloved Son.
We thank Thee, O our Father, that Thou didst restore that grand and
glorious principle of marriage for eternity, and didst bestow upon Thy
servant the power to seal on earth and have it recognized in the heavens.
We acknowledge this privilege as one of Thy most marvelous gifts to us. May
all the youth of Thy Church come to know of its beauty and of its eternal
importance to them, and to take advantage of it when they marry. May they,
our Father, on the other hand, realize fully that the glorious opportunity
for eternal companionship of husband and wife, and the power of eternal
increase, may be forfeited by them if they fail, through negliglence or
indifference, to conform to Thy requirements, or if having taken advantage
thereof, they may still through improper conduct lose their blessings.
Wilt Thou, O Father in heaven, remember the Relief Society throughout the
length and breadth of the Church. May those who engage therein, either as
officers or teachers, be abundantly rewarded for their unselfish
sacrifices, for the services they render, for their acts of mercy and
kindness, and for their ministrations to the sick, the needy, and the
unfortunate. We pray Thee that in their homes and in their responsibilities
they may enjoy the rich companionship of Thy Holy Spirit.
Thou, O Father, hast commanded mankind to subdue the earth, and also to
earn his bread by the sweat of his brow. Nevertheless there are those among
us who because of misfortune that overtakes them are not able to keep fully
these great commandments at all times. We are most grateful unto Thee that
Thou didst inspire Thy servants to institute the Welfare Program of the
Church through which it is made possible that the poor and unfortunate
might be provided for without the forfeiture of self-respect. May Thy
servants continue in Thy favor that they may thereby merit Thy inspiration
in developing the Welfare Program until it becomes perfect in all respects
to the care and blessing of Thy people.
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed by Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy
will be done in earth as it is in heaven. With deep gratitude in our hearts
we thank Thee that the nations have ceased their warfare and the
destruction of human life. We thank Thee that peace temporarily is
established in the earth. We do pray that all people everywhere will now
take cognizance of the horrors of war, and repent of their sins and follies
and with contrite spirits turn unto Thee, the God of love and peace; that
they may be inclined to follow the admonitions of Thy servants that thereby
the peace now enjoyed by them may be made permanent, and the day of the
coming of Thy Beloved Son hastened. We do most fervently pray that hate may
lose its place in the hearts of men and that Thy peace and love may enter
and abide therein. We also pray that Thy sons and daughters who have been
required to participate in the great conflict to preserve liberty, may
return to their homes and engage in wholesome and useful pursuits, and
contribute to the building up of Thy Kingdom in the earth. May they whose
release from the armed services, for any reason, may be delayed, be
abundantly blessed of Thee and comforted, and be preserved in health and
strength and righteousness, and may the day of their union with loved ones
at home come as speedily as possible.
Wilt Thou, O Lord, have remembrance the promises made by Thee to Judah in
his stricken and scattered condition. Hasten the time when he shall be
restored to the land of his inheritance. Remove from him Thy displeasure,
and may the days of his tribulation soon cease, and Jerusalem rejoice and
Judah be made glad for the multitude of her sons and daughters, for the
sweet voices of children in her streets, and for the manifold blessings
Thou wilt pour out upon them.
Remember, O Lord, Thy promises to Israel, whom Thou didst cause to be taken
captive and scattered among the heathen and to be dispersed throughout all
countries, that Thou wouldst again gather them from among the nations
whither they had been scattered. Wilt Thou, O gracious Father, in Thy
wisdom and mercy, speedily fulfill Thy promises unto Israel and cause that
they may again be gathered and hearken unto the voice of Thy servants, the
prophets, and thereby merit the rich blessings Thou hast promised them when
they acknowledge Jesus Christ, Thy Beloved Son, as their Redeemer.
O Father, remember Thy promises made unto Thy holy prophets regarding the
remnants of those whom Thou didst lead unto this western hemisphere, that
they should not be utterly destroyed but that a remnant should be preserved
which would turn from their wickedness, repent of their sins, and
eventually become a white and delightsome people. May the day speedily come
when those promises will be fulfilled.
We thank Thee, O God, for the choice land upon which we reside, and for the
marvelous promises Thou hast made concerning America, that it should be
free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under
Heaven so long as the inhabitants of the land should worship the God of the
land who is Jesus Christ. Thou hast revealed unto us that in the great
controversy which took place in Heaven that the cornerstone of Thy plan of
salvation was the free agency of man, and that Lucifer, who was an angel in
authority in Thy Holy presence, proposed a different way; that Lucifer's
plan was rejected because the effect of its application would be to deprive
Thy children of their free agency. When Lucifer's plan was rejected by Thee
he rebelled against Thee; there was war in Heaven and he and his followers
were cast out. We thank Thee that Thou hast warned us by revelation that
Satan would deceive the nations in our time. Thou hast said: "I will give
you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived, for Satan is
abroad in the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations." As we look
about in the world among the various countries we find philosophies and
forms of government the effect of which is to deprive men of their free
agency, but by reason of Thy timely warning to us, we know that they are
not approved of Thee. Since the God of this choice land is Jesus Christ, we
know that His philosophy of free agency should prevail here. Thou didst
amply demonstrate this great principle to us by raising up wise men for the
very purpose of giving us our Constitutional form of government, concerning
which Thou hast said: "I have suffered to be established, and should be
maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just
and holy principles; that every man may act in doctrine and principle
pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given
unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of
judgment. Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one
to another. And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of
this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up into this very
purpose." There are those, our Heavenly Father, both within and without our
borders who would destroy the Constitutional form of government which Thou
hast so magnanimously given us, and would replace it with a form that would
curtail if not altogether deprive man of his free agency. We pray Thee,
therefore, that in all these matters Thou wilt help us to conform our lives
to Thy desires, and that Thou wilt sustain us in our resolve so to do. We
pray Thee that Thou wilt inspire good and just men everywhere to be willing
to sacrifice for, support and uphold the Constitution and the government
set up under it and thereby preserve for man his agency.
We thank Thee that Thou hast revealed to us that those who gave us our
Constitutional form of government were men wise in Thy sight and that Thou
didst raise them up for the very purpose of putting forth that sacred
Wilt Thou, O our Father, bless the Chief Executive of this land that his
heart and will may be to preserve for us and our posterity the free
institutions Thy Constitution has provided. Wilt Thou too bless the
Legislative and Judicial branches of our government as well as the
Executive, that all may function fully and courageously in their respective
branches completely independent of each other to the preservation of our
Constitutional form of government forever.
We pray that kings and rulers and the peoples of all nations under heaven
may be persuaded of the blessings enjoyed by the people of this land by
reason of their freedom under Thy guidance and be constrained to adopt
similar governmental systems, thus to fulfill the ancient prophecy of
Isaiah that "out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord
We pray that the barriers which have blocked the pathway to the preaching
of the Gospel to the inhabitants of many of the nations may be broken down
or swept aside so that Thy servants, the missionaries, may carry the gospel
of peace and good will to the honest in heart in every nation under
Our hearts are filled with gratitude towards Thee, O God our Eternal
Father, that Thou didst cause Thy Spirit to move upon our forebears and
inspire them to come to this goodly land, declared by Thee to be choice
above all other lands, where they might worship Thee untrammeled; that Thou
didst promise, "The wilderness and solitary place shall be glad for them;
and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom
abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing . . . And the parched
ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water." For the
fertility of this land which, once most undesirable and forbidding, now
produces in rich abundance delicious grain, fruits and vegetables, we are
most grateful. We too express to Thee our joy in beholding great mountains
towering majestically toward the sky to inspire Thy children to look up as
well as around them that they might enjoy Thy handiwork.
We thank Thee, O God, for sending Elijah, the ancient prophet, to whom was
"committed the keys of power of turning the hearts of the fathers to the
children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, that the whole
earth may not be smitten with a curse." We thank Thee that he was sent to
Thy servant Joseph Smith, to confer the keys of authority of the work for
the dead, and to reveal that the plan of salvation embraces the whole of
the human family; that the gospel is universal in scope, and that Thou art
no respector of persons, having provided for the preaching of the gospel of
salvation to both the living and the dead. We are most grateful unto Thee
that salvation is provided for all who desire to be saved in Thy kingdom.
May it be pleasing to Thy people to search out the genealogy of their
forebears that they may become saviors on Mt. Zion by officiating in Thy
temples for their kindred dead. We pray also that the spirit of Elijah may
rest mightily upon all peoples everywhere that they may be moved upon to
gather and make available the genealogy of their ancestors; and that Thy
faithful children may utilize Thy holy temples in which to perform on
behalf of the dead all ordinances pertaining to their eternal exaltation.
Bless all those who shall be workers in this Temple, whether they be
officers, ordinance workers or caretakers. May they fulfill the functions
of their respective callings in accordance with the spirit and purpose of
it. May all ordinances to be performed in this House, including baptisms,
confirmations, washings, anointings, sealings, endowments, and all that is
done, be acceptable unto Thee. Bless, we pray Thee, those who make and copy
records that their work may be accurate and acceptable unto Thee; and also
those who have labored in the erection of this Thy Holy House, or who have
contributed of their means or time toward its completion. May their reward
be sure and their joy complete.
We are grateful, Heavenly Father, that we have been permitted to rear this
Temple on this beautiful spot upon the bank of one of Thy majestic rivers,
the waters of which have made it possible for Thy faithful Saints residing
here to subdue the land and establish delightful homes. We thank Thee for
the means that Thou hast placed in our hands that has been utilized in
constructing this edifice and preparing it for holy purposes.
We now present ourselves before Thee in humble gratitude and with hearts
filled with praise and thanksgiving that Thou hast seen fit to permit us to
complete this sacred building, which is now finished and ready to be
dedicated to Thee and to Thy most holy name. And today we here and now
dedicate this Temple unto Thee with all that pertains unto it that it may
be holy in Thy sight; that it may be a house of prayer, a house of praise
and of worship, that Thy glory may rest upon it and Thy holy presence be
continually in it; and that it may be an acceptable abode for Thy
Well-Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior; that it may be both sanctified
and consecrated in all its parts sacred unto Thee. And we pray that all
those who may cross the threshold of this Thine House may be impressed with
the holiness of it, and deport themselves herein with righteous conduct,
and may no uncleanliness ever pass its portals.
We pray now that Thou wilt accept this Temple as a freewill offering from
Thy children, that it will be sacred unto Thee. We pray that all that has
been accomplished here may be pleasing in Thy sight and that Thou wilt be
mindful of this structure at all times that it may be preserved from the
fury of the elements and wilt Thou, our Heavenly Father, let Thy presence
be felt here always, that all who assemble here may realize that they are
Thy guests and that this is Thy House.
In the authority of Thy Holy Priesthood, we dedicate unto Thee these
grounds, this building in all its parts, from foundation to capstone,
together with all that appertains thereunto, including furnishings and
equipment and all facilities, and we pray that accepting this our offering
Thou wilt preserve the same from decay and the ravages of time. We now
present this precious Temple unto Thee, Holy Father, with all that pertains
to it, inside and out, with our love and gratitude, and pray that Thou wilt
accept of our offering, and unto Thee we ascribe all honor, glory and
praise forever through Thy Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Temple moments: The Lost Keeler
Lorna Haderlie of Freedom Ward, Thayne Wyoming Stake, was born with an
itch to know her roots. She was also born to a father who had little
knowledge of his ancestors and knew only the nicknames of his aunts and
"Why do you ask so many questions?" he asked her. "The other girls don't
ask these questions."
As a youngster of 10 or 12, Lorna began contacting aunts and uncles by
mail. Later she worked the Nebraska state records with some success. On her
Keeler line, however, she hit a research brick wall at
great-great-grandfather Joseph that years of effort — somewhere around six
decades — and hundreds of hand-written letters didn't solve. She did find a
book on the Keelers in the Family History Library and it even mentioned a
lost son, but she couldn't make a connection. He remained a dead-end.
Eventually her son, Dan, also of the Freedom Ward, caught the itch and
digitized his mother's research and began posting information on a popular
family history Web site. A distant cousin from Hawaii noticed the
information and contacted him with source material that identified Joseph
as the lost Keeler son in the book of Keelers.
"I was thrilled to the bone," Sister Haderlie said. "I wanted this
information for so long, and to actually connect, to find something....
I've written letters all my life."
The family soon traveled to the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple where they joined
in sealing multiple generations together back to the 17th century.
"It is hard to put into words how I feel, like a dream come true to want
something for so long," she said. "It is hard to describe; it's one of the
most wonderful things that has ever happened, to know we are connected." —
John L. Hart