LDS Church Plans Idaho Falls Temple Open House, Rededication
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released dates for the public open house and rededication ceremonies of the Idaho Falls Temple, the first LDS temple built in the Gem State.
The public, both members of the church and non-members, may see the inside of the temple during an open house scheduled from April 22-May 20, excluding the days April 23 and 30, May 7 and May 14.
Free reservations for the open house can be made through www.templeopenhouse.lds.org in the coming weeks.
The temple will be formally rededicated in three sessions on Sunday, June 4. Local youth will present a cultural celebration featuring music and dance the day before, on June 3.
According to the LDS Church:
The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple was the first temple built in Idaho and is located on the picturesque banks of the Snake River on 1000 Memorial Drive. President George Albert Smith announced plans to build the temple on March 3, 1937, and it was subsequently dedicated on September 23, 1945. The temple closed March 2015 for renovations in the interior.
The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple was the 8th operating temple of the Church’s 154 temples worldwide. It is one of four temples in Idaho, with others in Twin Falls, Boise and Rexburg. A fifth temple in Meridian is currently under construction.
Latter-day Saint temples differ from the meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. Inside, members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to serve Jesus Christ and their fellow man."