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Oakland California Mormon Temple

Oakland California Mormon Temple

The second of California’s temples, the Oakland California Mormon Temple was announced on May 26, 1962. That same day, the 18.3-acre site for the temple was dedicated by David O. McKay, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The church purchased the land for the temple in 1942 after 14 years of negotiations. The location offers a gorgeous view of the San Francisco Bay Area. Before the temple itself was dedicated, an open house was held during the month of October 1964, allowing members of the public to tour the interior of the Mormon temple, which housed four ordinance rooms and seven rooms designed for sealing ordinances in which families are bonded together for eternity. More than 347,000 people visited the Oakland California Mormon Temple that month, including dozens who stood in line in the rain for almost two hours on the final day. The Oakland California Mormon Temple is 95,000 square feet and incorporates Sierra white granite from nearby... Read the rest of this article »

The Oakland Mormon Temple

The Oakland Mormon Temple

“Brother MacDonald, I can almost see in vision a white temple of the Lord high upon those hills, an ensign to all the world travelers as they sail through the Golden Gate into this wonderful harbor….” -George Albert Smith The House of the Lord High on the hills overlooking San Francisco stands the Oakland temple. With a certain majesty it seems to say, “I the Lord am watching all that you do.” George Albert Smith once prophesied “A great white temple of the Lord will grace those hills, a glorious ensign to the nations, to welcome our Father’s children as they visit this great city.” Indeed, I can hardly seperate my memories of San Francisco, a city I fell in love with long ago for its beauty, from my memories of visiting the Oakland California Temple The purpose of this site is to introduce visitors to Mormon Temples, and to the Oakland Temple specifically. Many people I have met have questions as to what goes on inside a Mormon Temple,... Read the rest of this article »

About the Oakland Temple

About the Oakland Temple

The Oakland California Temple Painting Courtesy of Steevun Lemon The Oakland California Temple was the 15th Mormon temple built by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (13th temple still standing). Its construction was first announced in April of 1924 in a special semi-annual conference that the Mormon Church holds. The actual funding of the temple was done by donations from the local members of the church. Then President Heber J. Grant asked if members could donate $500,000. The response from local members was both immediate and enthusiastic, contributing a total of over $750,000. The Oakland area has been continually racked by natural disasters including one of the most devastating earthquakes to ever hit North America in 1989. Miraculously, the Oakland Temple escaped relatively undamaged. It continues to stand high over the beautiful coastal city as a testament that God is not far from any of us. A beautiful architectural symbol, the two... Read the rest of this article »

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