Indianapolis Indiana Temple
There are eleven stakes in Indiana, and these Latter-day Saints must currently travel 130 miles to the Louisville Kentucky Temple to attend. The new Mormon temple will serve 25,000 members in the area. LDS Church membership in Indiana is about 42,000.
On Saturday, September 29, 2012, LDS Church and community leaders broke ground for the Indianapolis Indiana Mormon Temple. The ceremony was conducted by Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy. Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer of the Seventy also assisted, as did local Church and community leaders.
Open House Announced
An open house for the Indianapolis Indiana Temple, located in the city of Carmel, Indiana, on the southwest corner of the intersection of W116th and Spring Mill Road, will be held from Friday, 17 July 2015 through Saturday, 8 August 2015. The open house is free to the general public, including children of all ages, but reservations are requested. The open house will be available every day except Sundays. There will not be an open house held on Sunday, 19 July, 26 July, and 2 August 2015. Those wishing to attend are requested to dress modestly.
The open house tours will begin in the church building next to the temple with the showing of a 12-minute video providing an overview of temples and why they are significant to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. Following the video, a tour host will escort visitors through the temple, explaining the purpose of each room and answering questions as time allows. At the conclusion of the tour, visitors will be invited to a reception area to have any further questions answered.
A Look Inside the Indianapolis Indiana Temple
All pictures were downloaded from Mormon Newsroom.org.
Cultural Celebration - "Gather to the Light"
Prior to the temple dedication, on Saturday, 22 August 2015, 1,600 Latter-day Saint youth, ages 12 to 18, from throughout the temple district, participated in a cultural celebration entitled Gather to the Light which highlighted the significant contributions of Indiana in agriculture, culture, sports and history, including the state’s role in the Underground Railroad. The celebration also recognized notable Hoosiers such as Abraham Lincoln and Ernie Pyle and the long-running Indianapolis 500. The event was held at the Michael Carroll Track & Field Stadium on the campus of Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. Attendance was by invitation only, but media was invited to attend.
President Eyring said,“Let’s fill this stadium with joy, with love and with light." He also offered encouragement about the youth's potential during his remarks and said, “You’ll never forget the feeling of satisfaction as you discover that through effort and determination you can do more that you thought possible.” Alyssa Hightower, one of the 1,600 youth participants, commented, “I think it’s such an amazing opportunity to be with everyone to come together to celebrate the building of this temple.”
The First LDS Temple in Indiana is Dedicated
Prior to the temple dedication, President Eyring conducted the traditional cornerstone ceremony. John Jensen Chipman, Temple President, and his wife, Karen Russon Chipman, the temple matron, along with other members of the presidency, were invited to seal the cornerstone with mortar using a monogrammed trowel signifying completion of the temple. Several members of the Church, including children, were also invited to place mortar around the cornerstone. A choir comprising Latter-day Saints from within the temple district provided uplifting music near the temple. Another choir provided music inside the temple for all three dedicatory sessions. Elder Richards commented, “I think everyone appreciates how [the temple] compliments everything that is already in Indianapolis. It’s really a gorgeous place and a lovely environment, and the temple fits right in.”
The Indianapolis Indiana Temple was dedicated on Sunday, 23 August 2015 in three dedicatory sessions at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. The services were broadcast only within the temple district, and the three-hour block of meetings for those congregations were cancelled.
The Indianapolis Indiana Temple will be the 148th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the world. It will be open for ordinance work on Monday, 24 August 2015, by invitation, and Tuesday, 25 August 2015, for all patrons. The temple will serve approximately 30,000 Mormons in Indianapolis, South Bend, Lafayette, Muncie Fort Wayne, Bloomington and Champaign, Illinois. It is located in the city of Carmel, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis, on the southwest corner of the intersection of W116th and Spring Mill Road.