New Mormon temple in Calgary opens for public tours
Open house runs from Saturday to Oct. 20
Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:56 PM MT
Last Updated: Sep 26, 2012 10:01 PM MT
Calgarians get a chance to check out the new Mormon temple in the community of Rocky Ridge.
The Calgary temple is one of three in Alberta — and there are only 140 in the world.
The temple will serve 25,000 Latter Day Saints in the area.
Only those who are in good standing in the church are allowed to attend temple on a regular basis, but it is opening its doors to the general public for a few weeks so everyone can have a look.
The building is 33,000 square feet and is outfitted with marble from Spain, maple and oak woods and chandeliers made from Swarovski crystals.
William Walker, a Mormon elder, won’t say how much it cost.
“A lot — this is a multimillion-dollar building,” Walker said. “It was built to high standards and detail, but the church has decided to not discuss the cost of this or other buildings that we build.”
The only thing Walker would say is the temple was paid for by the tithes — members who pay the church 10 per cent of their annual income.
Members believe it's a small price to pay to be able to practice their faith.
The Lee family visited the temple on Wednesday.
They previously attended temple in Cardston, Alta., but now they’re only a 15-minute walk away from the new one in Rocky Ridge.
“It's a nice reminder to have it so close to us that this is where we want to be," Kari Lee said.
Latest Calgary News Headlines
- How much do Alberta senators cost?
- There are six senators in Alberta including Liberal Claudette Tardif, deputy leader of the Opposition. Senators are allowed to charge for office expenses, travel and living in Ottawa. Here's an interactive looking at how much they cost tax payers. more »
- S.E. Calgary man missing since February
- Police are asking for help from the public as they search for a man who has been missing since February. more »
- Peewee hockey bodychecking faces national ban
- Hundreds of delegates arrive in Charlottetown Wednesday for the Hockey Canada annual general meeting, where they will vote on whether bodychecking should be banned nationally in minor hockey. more »
- Animals rescued from shelter in SPCA probe
- As the Alberta SPCA investigates an animal rescue operation west of Calgary, other shelters are stepping in to care for its displaced animals. more »
Top News Headlines
- Harper 'not consulted' about Duffy Senate expense repayment
- Prime Minister Stephen Harper says that not only did he not know about his chief of staff's "gift" to repay Senator Mike Duffy's expenses before the story broke in the media, he was not consulted and did not sign off on Nigel Wright's decision to write a personal cheque. more »
- Mayor Ford stays silent while his brother defends him
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford continues to stonewall the media over allegations that he was recorded on video smoking what appears to be crack cocaine, but his brother Coun. Doug Ford told reporters Wednesday that the story is untrue. more »
- 'You will see him again in heaven,' Sharlene Bosma tells daughter
- Sharlene Bosma told more than 1,000 people at the public memorial service for her slain husband, Tim Bosma, about the love they shared. more »
- Obama to visit Oklahoma following deadly tornado
- Rescue workers raced to complete the search for survivors and the dead in the Oklahoma City suburb where a mammoth tornado destroyed countless homes, cleared lots down to bare red earth and claimed 24 lives, including those of nine children. more »
- Danielle Smith slams Redford at Calgary leader's dinner
- Brooks celebrates hockey win with parade
- Graphic anti-abortion leaflet campaign expands
- Mount Norquay gets approval to expand
- 10 must try food truck street eats
- Deadly tornadoes can strike Alberta, say experts
- SPCA investigates animal rescue farm near Calgary
- Ranchers spotting grizzlies in southern Alberta
- Driver too drunk to stand, says mom of toddler killed on patio