Boise Idaho Temple
The Boise Idaho Temple is the 27th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mormon leaders discussed building a temple in the western section of Idaho as early as 1939. But with the majority of the membership in the eastern part of Idaho, the leaders decided against it and concentrated on building the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple. Members in the Boise area were told that a temple would be built in their area when the membership of the Church increased substantially.
Forty-five years later Church leaders announced that a temple would be built in the Boise area. Church leaders wanted a site that would be easily accessible to travelers. After considering numerous locations, they decided on a property that was near an exit from Interstate 84. This location was ideal for those traveling along the highway, and it provided a visible landmark for pilots at the nearby airport.
The Boise Idaho Temple was the first of a new six-spired design that and served as a pattern for fourteen other temples built between 1984 and 1989. The design sought to maximize efficiency and space and could also be built at a much lower cost and in a shorter amount of time.
Seventy thousand visitors were expected to tour the temple during the nineteen-day open house. Instead, over 128,000 attended. Because of the open house, interest in the Mormon Church soared. The Boise Idaho Temple was dedicated May 25, 1984, by Gordon B. Hinckley. After the dedication, attendance at the temple was much higher than expected. So in October 1986, the temple was closed for renovation. After opening in 1987, the temple was able to serve more than 100,000 members in southwestern Idaho and part of eastern Oregon.
The Boise Idaho Mormon Temple was renovated and an open house was scheduled prior to the rededication of the temple. The public was invited to visit the temple during an open house from Saturday, 13 October through 10 November 2012, excluding Sundays. Free reservations for the open house could be made through the www.boisemormontemple.org website before the open house.
The rededication ceremony was scheduled for Sunday 18 November 2012 in three sessions. These temple dedication sessions are always broadcast to local LDS Church buildings through closed-circuit television, so that Latter-day Saints for whom there is no room in the temple can participate in the event. Special recommends stating worthiness are necessary to attend a Mormon temple dedication, even in an overflow room. Those attending the actual service within the temple walls will have standard temple recommends, while those in overflow locations need only special use recommends. Children aged 8 and over may attend in overflow locations.
In conjunction with the rededication of the temple, a cultural celebration featuring music and dance was scheduled for Saturday, 17 November 2012. Traditionally, thousands of Latter-day Saints, especially local Mormon youth participate in such cultural events.
On November 18, 2012, a Sunday morning, the Boise Temple was rededicated as a House of the Lord by LDS Church President and Prophet Thomas S. Monson. The Cultural celebration, held the day before, featured 4,000 dancers, 99 fiddlers and a choir of more than 1,000 singers. The theme of the celebration, “Treasure the Light,” was the inspiration of a representative group of youth leaders who believe that they are who they are today because of the rich heritage of faith, hope and love given to them by their parents, grandparents and all who have gone before them (Meridian Magazine).
- The temple’s darker exterior has been replaced with white granite. A new gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni sits atop the temple’s tallest spire. The temple’s interior now features a syringa flower and trees motif, which can be seen in the art glass and decorative painting. Beautiful grained hardwoods from Africa and the United States add warmth and ambiance.