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San Diego California Temple, La Jolla, California | by Ken Lund
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San Diego California Temple, La Jolla, California

I spent New Year's 2000-2001 in San Diego for a roommate's wedding in the San Diego L.D.S. Temple.


The San Diego California Temple is the 47th constructed and 45th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Located near the La Jolla community of San Diego, it was built with two main spires, but unique to this temple are four smaller spires at the base of each main spire. The East spire is topped with the familiar Angel Moroni statue which adorns most LDS temples.


The exterior finish is marble chips in stucco giving the building a white glow. Just off Interstate 5, the temple is a major landmark when traveling the highway to or from San Diego. The temple is brightly illuminated making it even more noticeable at night.


The San Diego Temple was announced on April 7, 1984, and dedicated on April 30, 1993 by Gordon B. Hinckley. The temple was built on a 7.2-acre (29,000 m2) plot, has 4 ordinance rooms and 8 sealing rooms, and has a total floor area of 72,000 square feet (6,700 m2).


Although there is no visitor's center, the church maintains the Mormon Battalion Historic Site in Old Town, San Diego.

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Taken on December 29, 2000