梅萨神庙的历史

The temple, originally dedicated in 1927 by President Heber J. Grant, is the 7th of nearly 200 operating temples of the Church and its massive structure dominated Mesa’s skyline for decades, often being referred to as a “sermon in stone.”

自开放以来,来自世界各地的游客因其美丽和宗教意义而来到这个圣地。教会成员聚集在寺庙内举行神圣的宗教仪式,使他们更接近上帝,而游客则前来参观寺庙场地并享受游客中心。

每年举行的两个受欢迎的活动为寺庙带来了更多的游客: 梅萨复活节选美大赛圣殿花园圣诞灯饰展示.

自从杨百翰为了殖民西方而派遣第一批教会成员开始在该地区定居以来,虔诚的教会成员就渴望有一座举行神圣法令的寺庙。最近的寺庙位于犹他州的圣乔治,导致想要在那里结婚的年轻夫妇乘坐马车前往。这条人迹罕至的小路被称为“蜜月小道”。

奉献

In 1919, Church president Heber J. Grant announced that Mesa would be the location of the first temple in Arizona and in 1922, ground was broken on a 20-acre lot bordered by Main Street, Hobson, Second Avenue and LeSueur. The design was inspired by Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem.

1927 年寺庙的奉献是为期四天的活动,全国各地的报纸都对此进行了报道,称第一天的聚会有“5000 名信仰者和 5000 名友好者”,第二天则有 300 名合唱团。亚利桑那州人,包括美洲原住民和西班牙裔人,在圣殿屋顶举行了一场“简单的感谢和赞美”的公开音乐会。

这座寺庙于 1927 年开放后,迅速成为社区的中心和所有居民的聚集地。

1974年装修

1974 年,这座寺庙在为亚利桑那州的圣徒以及远至佛罗里达州和墨西哥大部分地区的一些邻近的南部州服务了 47 年之后关闭进行翻修。修缮完成后,寺庙对外开放两周,参观人数超过20万人次。

1975 年 4 月,教会会长斯宾塞·甘博 (Spencer W. Kimball) 进行了历史性的重新奉献,因为这是第一次向公众重新开放并重新奉献的寺庙。

2018年装修

In 2018, under the direction of Church President Russell M. Nelson, Church officials announced that the Mesa Arizona Temple would close for a major renovation of the building and surrounding grounds. After the three-year project, a public open house was held Oct. 16-Nov. 20 and the temple was rededicated Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, by President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency and president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.