Houston Texas Temple

The Houston Texas Temple is the 97th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

After the September 1997 announcement that the LDS Church would build a temple in Houston, the search began for an appropriate site. The site eventually chosen formerly belonged to a developer unwilling to sell. Years earlier, however, the developer had gone through difficult financial times and had made a promise to God that if God would help him avoid financial ruin, he would someday "pay God back". When the developer learned what was proposed to be built on his land, he decided to sell the land as his way of paying God back. [Cook, Steven. "The Beginning of the Houston Temple: Site Selection History".]

LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Houston Texas Temple on August 26, 2000. The temple serves over forty-four thousand Latter-day Saints in the southern half of Texas. The temple has a total of 33,970 square feet, two ordinance rooms, and three sealing rooms. It is one of four LDS temples in the state of Texas.

Notes and references

ee also

* Temple (Mormonism)
* List of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
* List of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by geographic region
* Comparison of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
* Temple architecture (Latter-day Saints)
* The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Texas

External links

* [http://www.lds.org/temples/main/0,11204,1912-1-132-0,00.html Official LDS Houston Texas Temple page]
* [http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/houston/ Houston Texas Temple page]
* [http://www.chron.com/content/chronicle/metropolitan/97/10/03/temple.2-0.html Mormons plan to build Houston-area temple]
* [http://www.lds.org/ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] - Official Site
* [http://www.mormon.org/ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] - Visitors Site
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/mormon/worship/temple.shtml Mormon Temple Worship] - BBC Religion & Ethics
* [http://www.lightplanet.com/mormons/temples/history.html History of Mormon Temples] - Lightplanet

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