President Thomas S. Monson dedicated the Twin Falls Idaho Temple Sunday, 24 August. It is the Church’s 128th temple in operation.
Situated just south of the Snake River Canyon in northeastern Twin Falls, this beautiful new place of worship developed for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stands as the highest building in the region. Preparation for the fourth Idaho Temple and new stake center began by stripping the topsoil, installing utilities, and blasting basalt on the 9.1-acre site to make room for the basement of the building. The building structure consists of concrete, structural steel, masonry, and white architectural precast concrete.
The Twin Falls Idaho Temple features two ordinance rooms and three sealing rooms showcased by breathtaking murals featuring local landscapes, including the majestic Shoshone Falls which is located five miles from the temple. A motif of the Syringa flower, Idaho’s state flower, is used throughout the building. The flower is displayed in most of the 200 art-glass windowpanes. The panes are made up of 12,000 pieces of glass and were expertly installed by Big-D. The finest materials were used, including wood imported from Africa, granite from India, and stone from Montana. A statue of an angel on a 35-foot-tall spire complete the interior. Building systems included state-of-the-art HVAC control systems and lighting systems.
The exterior walls of the Twin Falls Idaho Temple are made of 282 precast concrete panels with a quartz finish which weigh up to 30 tons. Inspired particularly by the Shoshone Falls, the exterior design incorporates a waterfall theme in its walls and stained-glass windows. Landscaping and irrigation finish off the building by giving visitors a tranquil garden to enjoy that includes 900 tons of stacked stone for waterfall features at the temple’s entrance, 300 trees, 15,000 plants and flowers, fountains, pavers, decorative sidewalks, arbors, boulders (some weighing five tons), custom steel fencing, and lighting.