20 facts that show just how unique LDS temples are

Salt Lake Temple. (Photo courtesy Mormon Newsroom.)

Salt Lake Temple. (Photo courtesy Mormon Newsroom)

Temples are especially significant to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are considered houses of God where Church members make sacred covenants with Heavenly Father and learn more about the mission of Jesus Christ.

These ordinances are central to the meaning and purpose of every temple. But though all temples share this important purpose, each is unique. Some are large, some are small; some serve members in a small geographical area, some take in Church members from multiple countries.

If you’ve ever wondered what makes your temple unique (or how it compares to other temples), read on. All information from ldschurchtemples.com.

(Image Courtesy LDS.org Media Library.)

Manila Philippines Temple. (Image courtesy LDS.org Media Library)

1. The Manila Philippines Temple District takes in more units than any other. Church members from 62 stakes and 47 districts attend the temple in Manila. Another temple in the Philippines (Urdaneta Philippines Temple) is announced, but is still in the planning and approval phase.

2. The Halifax Nova Scotia Temple District is the smallest with two stakes and no districts.

3. Four temples share the average temple district size of 25 stakes and districts: Apia Samoa, Las Vegas Nevada, London England and Rexburg Idaho.

St. George Utah Temple. (Image Courtesy LDS.org Media Library.)
St. George Utah Temple. (Image courtesy LDS Church)

4. The temple with the most sealing rooms is the St. George Utah Temple (18), closely followed by the Jordan River Utah Temple with 16.

5. Ten temples have 10 sealing rooms or more: St. George, Jordan River, Portland Oregon, Salt Lake, Washington D.C., Seattle Washington, Provo Utah, Logan Utah, Mexico City Mexico, and Los Angeles California.

6. No temple has more than six ordinance rooms. Four have exactly six: Jordan River, Washington D.C., Provo Utah and Ogden Utah.

7. Only one temple — the Colonia Juarez Chihuahua Mexico Temple — has only one ordinance room and one sealing room.

8. The Salt Lake Temple is the Church’s largest with 253,000 square feet. But it hasn’t always been.

9. The Los Angeles California Temple was the largest in the world until an addition was built on the Salt Lake Temple.

10. The smallest is the Colonia Juarez Chihuahua Mexico Temple at 6,800 square feet.

11. That means that the Colonia Juarez Temple could fit inside the Salt Lake Temple 37 times with room to spare.

Mexico City Temple. (Photo courtesy Mormon Newsroom.)
Mexico City Temple. (Photo courtesy Mormon Newsroom)

12. The largest temple outside the U.S. and Canada is the Mexico City Temple.

13. The smallest temple inside the U.S. and Canada is the Spokane Washington Temple.

14. There are more temples outside the U.S. (92) than inside (81).

15. Of the 10 temples with the most assigned units, only two (Provo Utah and Jordan River Utah) are inside the United States. (The completion of the Provo City Center Temple adjusted some of Provo’s assigned units.)

Rendering of the Paris France Temple. (Image Courtesy LDSChurchTemples.com)
Rendering of the Paris France Temple. (Image courtesy LDSChurchTemples.com)

16. The Angel Moroni tops most temples, but eight (soon-to-be nine) don’t have one: St. George Utah, Logan Utah, Manti Utah, Laie Hawaii, Cardston Alberta, Mesa Arizona, Hamilton New Zealand, Oakland California, and the still-under-construction Paris France.

17. The Church’s tallest temple is Washington D.C. One of its spires reaches 288 feet.

Johannesburg South Africa Temple. (Photo courtesy Mormon Newsroom.)
Johannesburg South Africa Temple. (Photo courtesy Mormon Newsroom)

18. The Johannesburg South Africa Temple District takes in 44 stakes and 29 districts in 18 different countries. Two temples (Durban South Africa and Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo) have been announced in the temple district.

19. The furthest saints from Johannesburg in the temple district live in Ethiopia and travel more than 3,000 miles to attend their assigned temple. That’s like a person in Provo being assigned to a temple in Nicaragua.

Freiberg Germany Temple. (Photo courtesy Mormon Newsroom.)
Freiberg Germany Temple. (Photo courtesy LDS Church)

20. When the Berlin Wall came down, Germany became the first country in Europe with two temples.


Breanna Olaveson worked in the magazine industry before taking her writing from full-time to nap time with the birth of her first daughter. Her work has appeared in the Ensign, Liahona and New Era magazines, as well as Utah Valley Magazine, Utah Valley BusinessQ, Utah Valley Bride and the Provo Daily Herald. She lives in Utah county with her husband and three children. She blogs at www.breannaolaveson.com.

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  1. AvatarDarryl Reply

    Technically, we only have 150 temples. Until it is dedicated it is only a temple under construction. Some are only announced and not under construction.

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