Ft. Lauderdale Florida Temple
President Thomas S. Monson, the Prophet and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced that a temple would be built in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, during the Saturday morning session of the 179th semi-annual General Conference on 3 October 2009.
Located at the northeast corner of Interstate 75 and Griffin Road on SW 154th Avenue in Davie, Florida, the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple serves members living in South Florida, the Florida Keys, and the Bahamas. In the past, members in this region were required to travel to the Orlando Florida Temple (dedicated in 1994) to participate in sacred temple ordinances. The gorgeous 28,000-square-foot building described in the permit application materials as an "interpretation of Neoclassicism with arches, columns and a steeple," sits on a 30-acre triangular lot.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Saturday, 18 June 2011, at 10:00 a.m. Due to parking restrictions, attendance at the groundbreaking was by invitation only. However, the groundbreaking was televised via closed-circuit transmission to various Mormon meetinghouses.
Open House and Temple Dedication
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced open house and dedication dates for the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple. The public was invited to visit the temple during an open house from Saturday, 29 March, through 19 April 2014, excluding Sundays. Free reservations for the open house could be made through the Fort Lauderdale Mormon Temple website.
A cultural celebration was held on Saturday, 3 May 2014, at Nova Southeastern University.
The temple was dedicated on 4 May 2014, in three dedicatory sessions. Members could obtain conditional worthiness recommends from their bishops to attend the dedication sessions, which were broadcast to local stake centers. Full worthiness recommends are always required for entering a temple dedication inside the temple and thereafter, when the temple is closed to the public and dedicated for sacred ordinances.
The Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple is the 143rd operating temple of the Church worldwide and the second in the state. The Orlando Florida Temple, dedicated in 1994, was the first Latter-day Saint temple built in the Sunshine State.
- The text of the dedicatory prayer offered by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency