Glimpse Inside Newly Completed Tucson Arizona Temple

  • 30 May 2017

The Tucson Arizona Temple opens to the public on Saturday, June 3. The free open house will go through June 24, except for Sundays.

Article Highlights

  • Open house runs June 3–24.
  • The temple will be dedicated August 13.

The Tucson Arizona Temple opens to the public on Saturday, June 3. The free open house will go through June 24, except for Sundays.

Reserve tickets now to the open house at templeopenhouse.lds.org.

Photographs of the interior and exterior of Arizona’s sixth temple are below.

The design and colors inside the new 38,000-square-foot temple are influenced by the Art Deco style and reflect the green desert landscape of the American Southwest, including native plants, red cactus flowers, and orange hues that represent the desert sun.

Calvin Caldwell, project manager for the temple, explained that going to the temple is like finding an oasis in the desert. “[Patrons] have that opportunity to take a deep breath and relax, and all their worries kind of go away,” said Caldwell.

Designers used the native ocotillo plant and the flower of the paddle cactus or prickly pear as inspiration for the décor, such as the art glass. Paintings feature stories of the ministry of Jesus Christ from the scriptures and desert scenery.

One of the unique features of the exterior of the Tucson Arizona Temple, which sits on seven acres of land, is the blue dome constructed of imported tile from Germany topped with an angel Moroni statue.

“As you notice around the valley and throughout the city, there's multiple domes or cupolas, and we took that into our design so that it would be able to fit in and match the area itself,” said Caldwell.

Dedication

The temple will be dedicated in three sessions on Sunday, August 13, at 9:00 a.m., noon, and 3:00 p.m. The dedicatory sessions will be broadcast to meetinghouses in Arizona, known as the Grand Canyon State. The three-hour block of meetings will be cancelled for that Sunday so local Latter-day Saint congregations can participate in this sacred event.

The dedication will be preceded by a cultural celebration on Saturday, August 12, featuring music and dance performances by local LDS youth.

There are more than 416,000 members of the Church in Arizona. Temples are currently operating in Mesa, Snowflake, The Gila Valley, Gilbert, and Phoenix.

Ground for the temple was broken October 17, 2015. The temple is located at 7281 North Skyline Drive in the Catalina Foothills of Tucson.

Recommend desk in the Tucson Arizona Temple.

Sealing room in the Tucson Arizona Temple.

Art glass in the Tucson Arizona Temple.

Instruction room in the Tucson Arizona Temple.

Celestial room in the Tucson Arizona Temple.

The brides’ room in the Tucson Arizona Temple.

Waiting room in the Tucson Arizona Temple.

Building and window detail on the exterior of the Tucson Arizona Temple.

Wall detail in the Tucson Arizona Temple.

Art and furnishings in the Tucson Arizona Temple.

Baptistry in the Tucson Arizona Temple.

Window and furnishing details in the Tucson Arizona Temple.

Tucson Arizona Temple.

Tucson Arizona Temple.

 

Angel Moroni on the Tucson Arizona Temple.