Meridian Idaho Temple Dedicatory Prayer

Contributed By Rachel Sterzer, Church News staff writer

  • 28 November 2017

The Meridian Idaho Temple.

Location
7355 North Linder Road

Announcement
April 2, 2011, by President Thomas S. Monson

Groundbreaking
August 23, 2014

Public open house
October 21–November 11, 2017, except Sundays

Cultural celebration
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Dedication
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Property size
15.73 acres

Building size
67,331 square feet

Building height with spire
109 feet, 6 inches

Building height with angel Moroni
120 feet, 2 inches

Architect
The Richardson Design Partnership (RDP)

Contractor
Jacobsen Construction

The following is the text of the dedicatory prayer of the Meridian Idaho Temple offered by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

O God, our Eternal Father, we bow before Thee this blessed and historic day with reverence, humility, and love. Our gratitude for the completion of this sacred and holy house fills our hearts with joy and praise to Thee.

We ask for Thy Holy Spirit to attend us during the dedication of the Meridian Idaho Temple.

We are deeply grateful for Thy Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, and for the restored gospel. We thank Thee for the Prophet Joseph Smith, through whom Thou hast revealed eternal gospel principles and practices, including the ordinances of Thy holy house. We thank Thee for a living prophet in our days, even President Thomas S. Monson. O Father, we love President Monson, we sustain him, and we pray for him.

We thank Thee for the generations of faithful Saints who have gone before in this sacred work; for their sacrifices, courage, and faith. We are grateful for all who are building Thy work and kingdom today.

We give thanks and pray for a blessing for the many who were instrumental in building this beautiful house of the Lord. May Thy blessings remind them of Thy goodness and the sacredness of this work.

We ask Thee to touch the lives and hearts of the people who live in this temple district and beyond, that they will seek out and hearken to the message of truth and come into the fold of Christ. Please continue to bring about the miracle of conversion among the great and good people of this land.

Thou hast sent Thy prophet Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers. This holy temple opens the gates to eternity that these purposes may be fulfilled.

Dearest Father, forgive us our many shortcomings. Strengthen our faith and fortify us against weakness. Give us power to resist the deceits of the adversary. May love for Thee and Thy Son grow in our hearts, and may it be expressed in our kindness and love to one another as Thy covenant sons and daughters.

And now, acting in the authority of the everlasting priesthood, and as Thy humble servants, we dedicate to Thee and Thy Beloved Son the Meridian Idaho Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

We dedicate the grounds on which it stands with all its vegetation. We dedicate the building from the footings to the top of the dome with its crowning figure of Moroni. We dedicate the walls and windows that they may stand firm against the storms of nature and be looked upon with reverence and respect. We dedicate the interior structure, the baptistry, the endowment rooms, the celestial room, and the sealing rooms with their sacred altars. We dedicate all of the halls and spaces, the offices, and other facilities in this temple.

Wilt Thou accept this Thy holy house as the gift of our hearts and hands. Wilt Thou honor it with Thy presence. May Thy Holy Spirit dwell here at all times and be felt by all who come within its portals. May a mantle of holiness come upon this sacred edifice. May it stand as a beacon of everlasting truth and light and as an invitation to come unto Thee. Wilt Thou protect this temple from any harm or defilement.

May all who enter do so worthily. Wilt Thou seal upon them an endowment of righteousness that will become a guardian throughout their lives.

Bless the youth of Thy Church that they will receive an understanding of the eternity and divinity of Thy work. May they be true and faithful throughout their lives.

Bless all who attend this temple as patrons, workers, or in any other capacity that Thy sacred covenants and ordinances may be deeply anchored in their minds and hearts. May they know that the service they give is service unto Thee, and may they find joy therein.

We pray for the temple president and his counselors and for the matron and her assistants.

We thank Thee for faithful tithe payers throughout the world whose consecrated offerings have made possible this and other temples. Open the windows of heaven and shower down blessings upon them. May they feel Thy love and may Thine encircling arms of mercy be round about them.

Our Father in heaven, we love Thee and Thy Beloved Son. We thank Thee for His atoning sacrifice. All of the blessings of this temple rest upon that great divine act of the love of Thy Son, the Savior of all mankind.

Accept our thanks and love, dear Father. We dedicate this temple and its surroundings unto Thee, and we rededicate ourselves to Thee and Thy service in the name of our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.

Exterior features

Prairie style centered upon three themes: agriculture, meridian, and mountains. Made of warm white precast concrete panels, fabricated and installed by Forterra/Hansen Precast Company headquartered in Irving, Texas. The octagonal copula cap is of titanium and shifts in color from a blue-gray to goldish hues, depending on the sun. The art glass features a seed element at the base of the window and stems leading to a lily-like flower blossoming at the top. Design by Richardson Design Partners and fabricated by Tom Holdman Studios of Lehi, Utah.

Exterior doors of the Meridian Idaho Temple. Photo by Marianne Holman Prescott.

Exterior of the Meridian Idaho Temple. Photo by Marianne Holman Prescott.

Exterior of the Meridian Idaho Temple. Photo by Rachel Sterzer.

Exterior of the Meridian Idaho Temple. Photo by Marianne Holman Prescott.

Exterior of the Meridian Idaho Temple. Photo by Marianne Holman Prescott.

Interior features

Flooring throughout the temple is Sunny Vinato, quarried in Egypt and installed by Global Stone of Lindon, Utah. The celestial room and sealing rooms feature carvings in the carpet depicting a lily-like flower. Woodwork is stained Sapele African mahogany, and fabrics and paint draw from the colors of the area—creamy white, gold, bronze, and turquoise.

Sealing room inside the new Meridian Idaho Temple.

A view inside the bride’s room of the new Meridian Idaho Temple.

The entry of the new Meridian Idaho Temple.

Artwork

Murals depicting local landscape are found in both instruction rooms and in the baptistry. More than 100 pieces of art hang in the temple, including 10 original pieces.

The baptismal font of the new Meridian Idaho Temple.