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Announced: April 2, 2000.
Location: 7016 Frankford Ave., Lubbock, TX 79424; phone: (806) 794-0774; no
Site: 2.67-acre site shared with a stake center.
Exterior finish: Light colored granite.
Temple design: Traditional.
Architect: Tisdel Minckler and Associates.
Project manager: Leon Rowley.
Contractor: SpawGlass Construction.
Rooms: Celestial room, two ordinance rooms, two sealing rooms, baptistry,
chapel, offices and waiting area.
Total floor area: 16,498 square feet.
Dimensions: 188 feet by 98 feet.
District: Five stakes in west Texas and one district in eastern New
Groundbreaking, site dedication: Nov. 4, 2000, by Elder Rex D. Pinegar of
Dedication: April 21, 2002, by President Gordon B. Hinckley, 4 sessions.
Done by President Thomas S. Monson
O God, our Eternal Father, Thou great Elohim, with bowed heads we come
before Thee on this Sabbath day of dedication. Our hearts are filled with
gratitude as we present to Thee and to Thy Beloved Son this sacred temple,
the House of the Lord.
We love Thee and we love Thy precious Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He was
the instrument in carrying out Thy divine plan for the salvation and
blessing of all mankind. His great sacrifice brought salvation to Thy
children of all generations and the offer of eternal life to all who would
obey His commandments.
We thank Thee for the restoration of Thy divine gospel through the
instrumentality of the Prophet Joseph Smith. We thank Thee for a parting of
the curtain, revealing Thyself and Thine Only Begotten in this the
dispensation of the fulness of times. We thank Thee for the coming forth of
the Book of Mormon, and for the restoration of the priesthood with all of
its power, authority, and keys.
We praise Thy name for the growth and glory of Thy work throughout the
And now, acting in the authority of the holy priesthood and in the name of
our Redeemer we dedicate and consecrate this the Lubbock Texas Temple of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unto Thee and unto Thy
Beloved Son as a house of holiness, even Thy house. We pray that Thou wilt
accept it and that Thy Holy Spirit may ever abide herein.
We dedicate the earth on which it stands with nature's adornments of grass,
flowers, shrubs, and trees. We dedicate the footings and the foundation,
the walls and the steeple surmounted by the figure of Moroni the prophet.
We dedicate all of the facilities found within these walls—the baptistry,
the features for the initiatory ordinances, the endowment rooms, the
beautiful celestial room, the sealing rooms, the offices and all other
areas and furnishings of this sacred structure.
Dear Father, please accept our offering of this Thy temple. It has been
built in obedience to Thy commandment to construct these sacred houses that
Thy glorious work may go forward in bringing to pass the immortality and
eternal life of man. Sanctify this house. May Thy Holy Spirit dwell here at
all times. Let Thy hallowing influence be felt by all who serve within
As was said in the dedication at Kirtland: "And now, Holy Father, we ask
thee to assist us, thy people, with thy grace, in calling our solemn
assembly, that it may be done to thine honor and to thy divine acceptance;
"And in a manner that we may be found worthy, in thy sight, to secure a
fulfillment of the promises which Thou hast made unto us, thy people, in
the revelations given unto us;
"That thy glory may rest down upon thy people, and upon this thy house,
which we now dedicate to thee, that it may be sanctified and consecrated to
be holy, and that thy holy presence may be continually in this house;
"And that all people who shall enter upon the threshold of the Lord's house
may feel thy power, and feel constrained to acknowledge that thou hast
sanctified it, and that it is thy house, a place of thy holiness" (D&C
We pray that Thou wilt protect it by Thy power from any destructive hand
and from the storms of nature. May the people of this community look upon
it as a place of holiness, a sacred edifice to be viewed with respect unto
May all who enter be clean of body and mind. May they lay aside the cares
of the world as they pass these portals, here to feel at one with Thee in
bringing to pass Thy divine purposes.
We invoke Thy blessings upon the temple president and his counselors, upon
the matron and her assistants, that they may have strength and energy to
carry forward the work pertaining to Thy house. We pray that they will not
grow weary in body or mind, but that they may be refreshed and constantly
strengthened in their duty. Bless all who serve with them that for each
this may be a labor of love, a treasured opportunity, and a great
We invoke Thy blessings upon those who come as patrons. May they serve in
righteousness before Thee as Thy children working together to accomplish
Thine everlasting purposes.
This temple has been constructed through the tithes of Thy faithful Saints
throughout the world. Open the windows of heaven, as Thou hast promised,
and shower down blessings upon them. Bless them for their faith and for
Bless all who serve in Thy work throughout the earth. Grant unto them great
joy. May the assurance of Thy love crown their lives and bring into their
hearts peace and gladness.
We pray for those who shall go from this house as messengers of Thy divine
truth. Endow them from on high with power to serve in Thy name. Inspire
them that they may speak unto the people words of everlasting truth and
bring unto Thee, into Thy kingdom, those whom Thou wilt touch by Thy Holy
Spirit with a testimony of the truth of this work.
Smile with love upon those who have been called to lead Thy work at this
time. Give them strength and capacity according to their need that they may
serve Thee in a manner acceptable unto Thee.
Now, our dear Father, as we dedicate this house we dedicate ourselves that
we may more faithfully serve Thee as those called to work in Thy great
We invoke Thy blessings upon this community, upon this state, upon this
nation. Bless this chosen land that it may remain forever free, that peace
and liberty may bless the lives of its people, and that righteousness may
reign in the land.
We so pray, as Thy sons and daughters whose great desire it is to do thy
will and merit Thy blessings. Accept of our prayer we humbly ask in the
name of Thy Beloved Son, the Redeemer of the world, even the Lord Jesus
Temple dedicated in 'The Hub' of vast west
Lubbock is fertile ground for growth of
By Greg Hill
Church News staff writer
LUBBOCK, Texas Rising over the south plains in west Texas, the
Lubbock Texas Temple is central to a vast circle of cities and towns in
this state and eastern New Mexico, and the members in that circle will now
flow here for temple service. Many of those faithful members attended as
President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated their new temple in four sessions on
Sunday, April 21.
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Lubbock Texas Temple
Joining President Hinckley here were his wife, Marjorie, Elder Joseph B.
Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve and his wife, Elisa, and North America
Southwest Area president Elder F. Burton Howard of the Seventy and his
Lubbock, a city of 200,000 notable for cotton farming and education, has
become "The Hub" of the area. It began to take root around 1890, with the
first Church members migrating here about 35 years later. Other cities have
grown around various industries such as livestock in Amarillo to the north
and oil around Midland and Odessa to the south. Stakes in those cities, as
well as in Abilene and Roswell, N.M., form the rim of the circle.
Previously, those stakes were enclosed in a circle formed by temples in
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; Albuquerque, N.M.; Dallas, Texas; and Oklahoma City,
While the centrally located temple in a Lubbock residential area has
reduced the travel time for most in the district (for example, the Dave and
Linn Walker family now has a walk less than a block), many are still
subject to the broad, flat expanse of the western part of the nation's
But the sentiment regularly expressed on the day of dedication was of
gratitude and enthusiasm to continue flowing to it for temple blessings.
Mary Lynn Pack of the Hobbs Ward, Roswell New Mexico Stake, noted that the
two-hour trip to Lubbock from their community just over the border is much
more pleasant than the five-hour-plus excursion to the Albuquerque temple.
"We will be happy to keep this temple busy," she said.
For Joe Whitehorn and his family in the Abilene 1st Ward, Abilene Texas
Stake, Lubbock isn't a lot closer than Dallas in miles, but is far better
than "fighting the traffic in Dallas," he said.
Lubbock has many big-city benefits in a small-community atmosphere.
Traffic isn't heavy and, as Lubbock Texas Stake President Lorum H. Stratton
said, "I can get anywhere in the city in 15 minutes." The city is tucked
inside a loop highway and is insulated from the outside world by hundreds
of square miles of wide-open farmland. Yet it is home to an outstanding
university, Texas Tech; has an international airport and is culturally
astute enough to be North America's only host of the "Medieval Frescoes
from the Vatican Museums Collection" exhibition beginning in June.
One of Lubbock's greatest assets, according to President Stratton, a
professor of Spanish at Texas Tech, is its people. While the Church is in
the minority, the majority of the city's citizens share similar moral
values and are openly friendly. He said the community was very receptive of
the temple and responded positively to the open house. One woman who was on
a tour he conducted is a teacher of a comparative religions class in her
church. President Stratton said that at the end of her tour, she told him
she had been teaching false things about the Church and would never do it
More than 21,500 people toured the temple the Church's 109th and
the third in Texas as "it became the 'in thing' to do," he said
noting that many called the temple "a blessing to our community."
Jimmy Alldredge of the Sweetwater Branch, Abilene Texas Stake, said that
while he was working at the open house he saw a woman come out of a tour,
drive away, then return a short time later with a car full of friends.
Lubbock, a city where religion is of great importance, has been a
fertile ground for the growth of the Church.
Helen Green, 90, is the oldest living member of the first branch Sunday
School started in Lubbock. She made the journey with other family members
from her home in Orem, Utah, to attend the dedication. Musing outside the
temple before her dedicatory session, she recalled the days when the branch
Sunday School was held in a courtroom with west Texas Church pioneer and
Texas Tech professor J.O. Ellsworth presiding from the judge's bench, the
speakers giving their talks on the witness stand and the rest of the
congregation often fitting comfortably in the jury box.
Thinking back to the beginnings, she said, "When I heard there was going
to be a temple here, I knew I had to go to the dedication. It's just beyond
Attending with her was her brother, Harry Oleen Jones, who, when called
to serve in the Southern States Mission, became the first full-time
missionary called from Lubbock, according to a history written by Lubbock
temple matron Alice Jensen. Now 84, Brother Jones lives in Lemesa, Texas.
Erin Williams, a Laurel in the College Station Texas Stake, said her
dad, a member of the stake presidency, brought the family back because when
he lived here he had to drive long distances to go to the temple, "so he
wanted to see the temple dedicated in his home town."
The dedication led to a surprise and joyous reunion for two couples who
are some of west Texas' many transplants. A few years ago, Glenn and
Heather Ellis and Jared and Deeann Schultz were acquainted through school
and other activities in Greeley, Colo. Brother Schultz is now on the
faculty at Texas Tech and he and his wife live a short distance from the
temple. Brother Ellis works in pharmaceuticals and he and his wife live in
Abilene on the far edge of the temple district. As the two couples
approached the line outside the stake center adjacent to the temple,
holding tickets to the same session, they came face to face and were able
to spend the long wait catching up on each other's lives.
John Bell, an oil man from Kermit, Texas, and his wife, Sylvia, said
they were grateful their family could attend the dedication, no matter how
far they had to drive.
And the spirit and emotion of the day were summed up by Holley Bustos
after she sang in the last session's choir. She said participating in the
dedication was as close as she has ever felt to angels.
Ground broken for temple in Lubbock despite rainy
By Julie A. Dockstader
Church News staff writer
LUBBOCK, Texas Comparing breaking ground for a temple to breaking
ground for a family home, Elder Rex D. Pinegar turned the first ceremonial
shovelful of soil for the Lubbock Texas Temple Nov. 4
Despite a rainy, cold day, some 400 members of the new temple district,
which includes 13,400 members in the Lubbock, Abilene, Amarillo and Odessa
Texas stakes, and the Roswell New Mexico Stake, turned out for the event on
the grounds of the Lubbock Texas Stake Center.
"A family gathers to see and be part of the beginning of the family home
because it will be a place where they can come to experience the love,
receive the counsel, and feel the belonging feelings of their earthly
family," Elder Pinegar told the gathering. "There are few feelings to match
that of 'coming home.' We have gathered here today to begin construction of
a temple which is the symbol of our heavenly home. In this 'heavenly home'
we will feel the love and experience the presence of the spirit of our
Father in Heaven.
"Coming to this 'home' we can receive His greatest blessings," he
continued. "And, just as there is work to do and service to give around an
earthly home to enable all family members to enjoy the greatest happiness,
there is work to do and service to give when we come to this 'home,' the
House of the Lord."
This was an emotional time for members here, said former Lubbock stake
President Jay B. Jensen, who is serving as coordinator of the local temple
committee, during a later telephone interview. "Many said it was a like a
dream, that they couldn't believe this was really happening. Their spirits
were not dampened by the weather."