Sacramento California Mormon Temple
The First Presidency of the Mormon Church announced on April 21, 2001, that a Mormon temple would be built in the Sacramento, California area. This temple is the seventh Mormon temple in California. Despite the numerous temples in California, the need is still there. The Sacramento, California Temple serves a growing membership which totals over 80,000 in the area.
Plans for building the temple were met with little resistance by the surrounding communities and government bodies. Many were glad for the building of the temple in the area, because it would improve the land, and bring visitors and money into the area. There was some concern about the height of the temple spire, and the Church agreed to lower it twenty feet.
Nearing the completion of the Sacramento California Temple, Okland Construction project manager, Russell Mumford, reported that the unseasonable weather posed a huge problem. “It rained almost every day for two months, the two months we needed to install the landscaping and finish up the project. Instead of being able to plant, we had a full lake surrounding the temple. The landscape contractor was also frustrated with the situation and pressured by the deadlines. We received permission to invite local members of the Church to participate in the landscaping installation. In 10 days of 4 four-hour shifts and with about 200 volunteers a shift, the orange-vested contractors carefully supervised the crowds of volunteers and the landscaping was completed on time,” Mumford explained. “We never could have done it without the local support.”
On August 22, 2004, a site dedication and groundbreaking ceremony were held. Late President of the Mormon Church, Gordon B. Hinckley led this ceremony and gave the site dedication prayer. Other prominent church members from the area also attended the groundbreaking and site dedication, including Congressman John Doolittle and Mayor Rockholm. The site for the temple includes 46 acres and overlooks the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the grounds are designed to fit in to the surrounding landscape. The temple design is slightly larger than most of the Mormon temples currently under construction. The temple has 19,500 square feet, two ordinance rooms and four sealing rooms.
The public open house of the Sacramento California Temple was attended by 168,367 visitors. It was held 29 July–26 August 2006. The dedication of the temple was held on 3 September 2006 and was performed by late Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley.
2110 CALIFORNIA CIR
RANCHO CORDOVA CA 95742-6402
2090 California Circle
Rancho Cordova, California 95742-6402