Twin Falls Idaho Temple
The Twin Falls Idaho Temple is the 128th announced temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
On October 2, 2004 the First Presidency of the Mormon Church announced plans to build a temple in Twin Falls, Idaho. The 9.1-acre site for the temple is at Eastland Dr. N. The area was formerly Candleridge Golf Course, but the course had announced its intentions to close and the Church purchased the land.
The expected completion for the Twin Falls temple is sometime in the spring of 2008. With its completion, the temple will be the fourth Mormon temple in Idaho and will serve more than 50,000 members in 14 stakes.
On November 8, 2005 the Twin Falls Planning and Zoning Commission approved the permits needed to go forward with the building of the temple. A special permit was given which allows the temple to exceed the city's 35-foot maximum height limit.
With the permits secured the design for the temple was unveiled on October 6, 2005 at a press conference. The temple design is inspired by the nearby Shoshone Falls and the temple will have 27,850 square feet and be 159 feet tall. On the 9.1 acre site the Mormon Church will also build a new stake center, gardens, and a parking lot able to hold 300 cars.
A groundbreaking ceremony and site dedication were held on April 15, 2006 and were presided over by Elder Neil L. Anderson of the Presidency of the Seventy. The event was by invitation only, because of limited space at the temple site, but the entire event was taped and played at meetinghouses throughout the area that same evening so that others could also participate.