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Announced: April 7, 1984.
Location: On the east side of Las Vegas on the slope of Frenchman Mountain,
827 Temple View Drive; Las Vegas, NV 89110-2920; phone: (702) 452-5011.
Temple design: Six spires
Site: 10.3 acres.
Exterior finish: White precast stone walls and copper roof and detailing.
Architects: Tate & Snyder.
Construction adviser: Gary Holland
Contractor: Hogan and Tingey
Rooms: Baptistry, celestial room, four ordinance rooms, six sealing rooms.
Total floor area: 80,350 square feet.
Dimensions: 195 feet by 260 feet; statue of Angel Moroni on top spire 137
District: 19 southern Nevada stakes, two Arizona and one California
Groundbreaking, site dedication: Nov. 30, 1985, by President Gordon B.
Dedication: Dec. 16-18, 1989, by President Gordon B. Hinckley; 11
Done by President Gordon B. Hinckley
O God our Eternal Father, Almighty Judge of the nations, we thy thankful
children solemnly bow before thee in a prayer of dedication. We are
gathered in thy holy house to present it unto thee and unto thy Beloved
Son, our Redeemer.
We lift our voices in gratitude for thy manifold blessings. Thou hast
favored us with life in this glorious dispensation of time. Thou hast
granted us citizenship in this good land. Above all, thou hast blessed us
with the truths of thine everlasting gospel and the authority of thine
We thank thee for the Prophet Joseph Smith, an instrument in thy hand in
bringing to pass this great work of restoration in preparation for the time
when thy Son shall come to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
We thank thee for this beautiful temple, this house of worship, of
learning, of covenants and everlasting promises. We thank thee for the
faith and skills of all who have contributed to make it possible. It stands
in this community which has become an oasis in the desert. As men have
brought water to the dry earth of this region it has become fruitful, and
now as a crowning jewel stands thy holy house with its surrounding lawns of
green, its beds of colorful flowers, and the trees and shrubs which enhance
Within its walls are to be tasted the refreshing waters of living and
eternal truth. For all who enter the portals of thy house may this be an
oasis of peace and life and light, in contrast with the clamor and evil and
darkness of the world.
It stands where it will be seen by multitudes of the generations of men.
May all who look upon it regard it reverently as the house of the Lord. May
the hand of the destroyer be kept from it by thy power.
We are mindful of thy promise given in the early days of the Church that
"inasmuch as my people build a house unto me in the name of the Lord, and
do not suffer any unclean thing to come into it, that it be not defiled, my
glory shall rest upon it;
"Yea, and my presence shall be there, for I will come into it, and all the
pure in heart that shall come into it shall see God" (D&C 97:15-16).
We plead for forgiveness and strength to overcome our weaknesses. We long
for the day when we may be worthy to look upon thy face. Keep us from the
decay and servitude which come from sin. Bless us with the light and
freedom which come of righteousness.
Thy house is now complete. It is beautiful, and we present it as the gift
of thy thankful children.
And now, acting in the authority of the holy priesthood which comes from
thee, and in the name of Jesus Christ thy Son, we dedicate unto thee and
our Savior this, the Las Vegas Nevada Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints. We dedicate it as thy holy house. We pray that thy
Spirit may fill this sacred structure and that thy influence may hover over
it by day and by night. We pray that thou might hallow it by thy presence.
We dedicate unto thee the grounds on which it stands with their vegetation
and all of the ancillary construction associated therewith. We dedicate the
sacred rooms, each one, with its associated fittings and furnishings. We
dedicate the baptistry, the endowment rooms where thy people will enter
into covenant with thee, the sacred altars and the sealing rooms where
eternal promises will be made and accepted, and every other facility within
this beautiful structure. May it be hallowed to all who enter. May their
thoughts be lifted to thee and thy Beloved Son. May a spirit of peace and
reconciliation be in their hearts. In the great work that will be performed
here, everlasting in its consequences, may thy people find satisfaction and
O Father, look with favor upon thy sons and daughters wherever they may be.
When they err, and come unto thee in repentance, wilt thou forgive and
remember their sins no more. Give them grateful hearts for the blessings
which thou hast showered upon them. Grant unto them strength to walk the
straight and narrow way that leads to life eternal. May the people of thy
Church across the world become a great and singular community, united by
the bonds of the everlasting gospel, with love and respect one for another,
with faith and knowledge of thee and thine eternal purposes, with obedience
to thy commandments and that happiness which thou hast promised to those
who walk acceptably before thee.
We pray for thy prophet of this day, even President Ezra Taft Benson. Give
him strength of body and mind according to his need. Give him joy in his
heart concerning thy work and thy people. Bless those associated with him
among the General Authorities and officers of the Church. Bless all who
hold responsibility of any kind in thy Church and kingdom wherever it may
be organized. Pour out thy spirit upon thy faithful saints everywhere.
Touch the hearts of the people of the nations that they may receive the
testimony of thy servants the missionaries. And bless these, thy dedicated
servants, that they may be powerful in their teaching of divine truth and
in their testimony of thy Beloved Son.
Bless the homes of thy people. May there be peace and harmony and love. May
thy people look to thee and live.
Father dear, we remember before thee the suffering and needful of the
earth. There are so many who struggle and yearn. There are so many in the
depths of sorrow and pain, of hunger and want, of darkness and sin. Let thy
spirit brood over the earth and lead thy sons and daughters of all lands
that they may drink of the waters of divine truth.
We so invoke thy blessing, dear Father, with grateful hearts and in
humility before thee in the name of thy Beloved Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
Las Vegas Temple 'a crowning jewel'
By John L. Hart
Church News associate editor
Dedication of the Las Vegas Nevada Temple represented the "greatest day in
the history of Las Vegas," according to the members of the First
President Ezra Taft Benson presided at the first three sessions on the
first day of the dedication, Dec. 16. President Gordon B. Hinckley, first
counselor in the First Presidency, gave the dedicatory prayer in the
opening session. In the second session, the prayer was read by President
Thomas S. Monson, second counselor in the First Presidency. Members of the
Council of the Twelve also read the prayer in some sessions.
Eleven sessions, addressed by members of the First Presidency and other
General Authorities and others, were held during the three days of
dedication, which was concluded Dec. 18.
President Benson also presided and placed the first mortar during the
traditional cornerstone ceremony preceding the first dedicatory session.
One of the most touching moments of the day came in the second
dedicatory session when he stood to declare his love to the members and
concluded with great feeling, expressing "God bless you." In other
sessions, he briefly praised the temple's beauty and encouraged members to
live righteous lives.
A high percentage of the active members of the temple district took
part as some 30,177 attended. Commitment of the members was evident as they
came by the thousands up the major thoroughfare leading to the temple, and
lined up four or five abreast outside the temple fence. Most sessions were
fully seated half an hour before starting time.
Feelings were near the surface in all the sessions. One speaker
observed to the members that "though we live in a world with much darkness
in it, you have light in you."
"Never has there been so beautiful a day in Las Vegas as we dedicate
the House of the Lord, the crowning jewel overlooking the city," said
President Hinckley at the cornerstone ceremony.
Responding to a reporter who asked "why we'd put a temple in a place
like this," President Hinckley answered, "Because our members need it."
In a later session, he commended the members of the temple district for
their faithfulness and noted that the stakes in the temple district had
contributed $11 million, 428 percent of their assessment.
"I don't know where in the world we have more faithful Latter-day
Saints than in this temple district," he said. "I want to say that I
believe the Lord has accepted your sacrifice. I want to make you a promise
that you will never miss that which you have contributed; the windows of
heaven will be opened."
He encouraged husbands and wives to respect each other, and parents to
look upon their children as sons and daughters of God preparing for
eternity, which is not some gray, indistinct thing "in the great beyond,"
he emphasized. "Today is part of eternity."
Temple work, he expressed, is basically a work of reclamation "of the
most unselfish kind of service."
He frequently complimented the stake choirs that performed. After the
Logandale stake choir performed, he said, "The choirs sing like angels."
To the young people at the session, he said, "You saw the president of
the Church and heard him tell you he loved you. Never forget it. It will be
an influence in your life."
President Monson also frequently referred to the children and youths in
the congregation. "God bless you all, particularly you boys and girls," he
said. "How precious you are to the Church. May you remain clean and pure so
that when you are older you can . . . come back to the holy House of the
He remarked that children are always attracted to President Benson
"because they know he loves them."
"I want every young person to remember being with the prophet in the
House of the Lord, that he expressed love to them, and to remember the
significance of this dedication.
"It is good for us to come to the the House of the Lord and think of
and consider eternal truths."
He recalled visiting the military cemetery in the Philippines
containing the graves of fallen soldiers of World War II. "I think of all
those servicemen who lost their lives. Who will do the work for all these
who died in defense of their countries?
"We are going to do that work, my brethren. We will provide that which
they cannot provide for themselves."
He said the temple will bring "a transformation, a rededication of
purpose and an added strength if we resolve to keep the commandments of
God. Let every one of us tell our posterity that, at the dedication of the
Las Vegas Temple, `I was there. I listened to the music, the prayers and
the messages, but above all, I felt the Spirit.' Today, we are storing
treasured memories for all the days of our lives."
"Let us rejoice, let happiness be in our lives and in our hearts."
Authorities, officers at dedication
First Presidency: President Ezra Taft Benson and his counselors,
President Gordon B. Hinckley and President Thomas S. Monson.
Council of the Twelve: President Howard W. Hunter, Elders Boyd K.
Packer, Marvin J. Ashton, L. Tom Perry, David B. Haight, James E. Faust,
Neal A. Maxwell, Russell M. Nelson, Dallin H. Oaks, M. Russell Ballard,
Josesph B. Wirthlin, and Richard G. Scott.
Presidency of the Seventy: Elders Dean L. Larsen and James M.
First Quorum of the Seventy: Elders F. Enzio Busche, H. Burke Peterson,
and Ronald E. Poelman.
Second Quorum of the Seventy: Elders Francis M. Gibbons and Lloyd P.
Presiding Bishopric: Presiding Bishop Robert D. Hales.
General officers: Sister Ardeth G. Kapp, Young Women general president;
and Sister Michaelene P. Grassli, Primary general president.
Many of the spouses of the Brethren and general officers also
New temple inspires visitors
By John Hart
Top Nevada government, business, civic and religious leaders,
representatives of the news media and a throng of Church members have been
welcomed through the Las Vegas Nevada Temple.
The temple's public open house began Monday, Nov. 13, with an early
brunch and tour for the media, and a noon luncheon and tour for more than
225 special guests. Both groups were hosted by Elder M. Russell Ballard of
the Council of the Twelve and Elder H. Burke Peterson of the First Quorum
of the Seventy and president of the North America Southwest Area.Among the
special guests were Nevada Gov. Bob Miller, U.S. Senators Harry Reid (a
Church member) and Richard Bryan, U.S. Representatives James Bilbray and
Barbara Vucanovich, Las Vegas city councilmen and Clark County
commissioners, and a host of business and civic leaders.
"The leaders were very pleased to understand more of the reasons for
temples," said Elder Ballard. "It was a very positive experience for
members and a very positive experience for non-members."
He said the representatives of the media were impressed by the
building, and asked insightful questions.
"I think that when the temple is dedicated, we will see continued and
steady progress and growth in that area," he said.
During the luncheon, an adult choir performed, and, part way through,
was joined by children singing Primary songs. Later, young men and young
women singers came in. The choir concluded a medley with the favorite, "I
Am a Child of God."
"There was hardly a dry eye in the room when they finished," said one
A buffet breakfast was held for neighbors of the temple, who were
personally invited. Nearly 100 percent of them attended the Nov. 14 event.
They appreciated the Church's hospitality and enjoyed the special temple
tour, according to guides.
Members of the clergy were hosted at a luncheon later that day. "You
should have seen the lights in peoples' eyes," said Elder Melvin Wilcox,
public communications missionary in the Nevada Las Vegas Mission.
"After it was over, one man commented to me, `We've really built some
bridges today.' "
The luncheons were held in a temporary building erected at the temple
site. The building was later converted into a display room where visitors,
before taking the tour, were introduced to the Church and the purpose of
On Sunday evening, Nov. 12, before the temple open house began, Church
members were invited to a tour as a "dry run" to see if the guides were
prepared for large crowds, said Judy Olsen, writer for the Church's
Southern Nevada Public Communications Council.
"We expected maybe three or four thousand," she said. "But by the time
it was over, we had 8,000 people tour between 5 and 9 p.m.
"The temple is truly one of the most beautiful buildings you will find
anywhere. You are just thrilled by the softness of the curves and the
beautiful colors. And the celestial room is breathtaking."
"Soft" and "elegant" are two words visitors often use in describing the
temple. Visitors who toured the temple agreed that the architects and
interior design experts, along with local architects and artisans, have
succeeded in their quest for excellence.
Colors of dusty rose, rusts and natural sand tones taken from the
Southwest's desert earth have been gently blended and combined with a
"progression of light" to create a stunning, unique decor.
One interior designer who worked on the temple said the design helps
put the individual in a proper frame of mind for worship, "as far as color
and line and material can contribute to a spiritual nature.
"We have tried to use not only the depth of colors, but the light and
dark values, and the intensity of light and its warmth," he said. "We have
used a little brass, silver, polished marble, and soft fabric. All of this
creates a wonderfully human interior that becomes restful, serene, and
The sense of elegance culminates in the celestial room where changing
sunlight casts constantly new coloration. Soft, indirect lighting at night
creates another elegance.
The celestial room is designed with a soft curve, and almost has a
cloud effect, lifting the eye upward," said one observer.
Upward are two large chandeliers, each 8 feet in diameter and 10 feet
high, with thousands of pieces of cut crystal in each. Narrow windows at
the sides of the celestial room contain a transparent cut star. During the
daytime, the stars' prism points catch the sun's rays and project miniature
rainbows on the celestial room walls.
Despite the elegant decor, the overwhelming impression to visitors is a
spiritual one, say temple volunteers.
Upon entering the celestial room, one member visitor commented, "I
burst into tears when I walked into the celestial room; I couldn't keep
back the emotion."