The 12 Most Beautiful LDS Temples

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will dedicate its 142nd operating temple in Gilbert, Arizona, on March 2, 2014. For Latter-day Saints, temples are the most sacred structures on earth; they are literally houses of the Lord. In temples, Church members participate in ordinances designed to unite their families together forever and help them return to God. Temples are distinct from the buildings where we hold our weekly worship services on Sundays. We call those buildings "meetinghouses," and there are thousands of them around the world (including several in the Bryan\College Station area). For more information on the history of temples visit here or the official newsroom of the LDS Church here.

To add to the temple excitement, we compiled a list of the 12 Most Beautiful LDS Temples. Each is exquisite in its own way, but we chose the following as our Top 12. 
Comment below with which building is your favorite, or let us know which one should have made our list.

12. Rexburg, Idaho
11. San Salvador, El Salvador
10. Toronto, Canada
9. Portland, Oregon

8. Washington D.C. 
7. Salt Lake City, Utah

6. Laie, Hawaii
5. Hong Kong
4. Manti, Utah
3. Houston, Texas
2. Nauvoo, Illinois
1. San Diego, California


  1. I personally love (and am biased towards) the Redlands, CA temple because I was married there. I also would add Draper, UT and Newport Beach, CA to an "honorable mentions" list.

  2. This is a great list! All are so very beautiful!

  3. As beautiful as the are on the outside they are even better inside.

  4. I vote for the Salt Lake City Temple!

  5. I have a view of the Draper, UT Temple from my bedroom window and at night when the lights are on, it's absolutely gorgeous!

  6. You have almost ALL of my favorite temples on this list! I love the St. George temple but I think that affinity grew from the experiences I have had there. I also love the Oakland and Boston temples for their unique architecture! All beautiful! This is a GREAT list and I was happy to see that the Rexburg temple made the cut haha; I think it is highly underrated! Maybe I am biased but it is a beautiful temple!

  7. Might have to add tiajuana Mexico

  8. I certainly agree with San Diego but I would also have added Los Angeles and Provo, UT. It is very difficult to actually choose a top twelve. The Vernal, UT and the new Provo City Center Temples are unique in that they are Tabernacle conversions. Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C. are obvious entries on this list. I also like the new Brigham City, UT temple which harkens back to pioneer architecture with modern lines. The new Cedar City Temple will remind people of St. George.

  9. They are just beautiful!

  10. Whoa! Where's the Oakland, California temple???????