12 Amazing Pictures of the Rexburg Temple You Haven’t Seen
Feature photo can be found here: Rexburg Temple – Winter Morning by Megan Kelly
The Rexburg Idaho Temple is a striking landmark in the area, visible for miles along the Highway 20 corridor. Rising five stories above its hillside location, it sits adjacent to the BYU–Idaho campus. It is the finest, most notable building in the rural community of Rexburg. To the west of the temple is a beautiful garden area open to the public for moments of reflection and quiet strolls.
A wheat motif, created by Utah artist Tom Holdman, is used throughout the Rexburg Idaho Temple, including most of the 700 art-glass windowpanes. The wheat stalk symbolizes the widespread agricultural industry in the area.
The visible interior of the temple is made with the finest materials, including wood imported from Africa and stone and tile from Israel.
The exterior walls of the temple are made of 637 precast panels from 45 different molds, including the retaining wall. The material is called China White—a white quartz finish (mined in Washington state) on concrete panels. A water-proofing compound allows dust to wash off in the rain, keeping the temple a radiant white.
And one quick story: On the evening of January 27, 2008, one week before the scheduled dedication of the temple, news traveled across the globe of the passing of President Gordon B. Hinckley, who had intended to dedicate the temple. To accommodate Pres. Hinckley’s funeral, the dedication ceremony was postponed one week. On the day of the originally scheduled dedication, President Thomas S. Monson was ordained the 16th president of the Church and assumed the task of dedicating the temple the next week as his “first official act” as president. Dense fog the morning of the dedication prevented his plane from landing in Idaho Falls as scheduled, so the plane was rerouted to Pocatello, and the final 80 miles of the trip was resumed by car. The four dedicatory sessions were broadcast throughout the region to the thousands of members wishing to attend. In his dedicatory prayer, President Monson declared, “May Thy faithful saints of this and future generations look to this temple as a sanctuary and a place of service to Thee and to Thy children.”
Before we share these beautiful pictures with you, here are a few facts that you probably didn’t know about the Rexburg Temple:
- The Rexburg Temple was the 125th temple built in the world and the third in Idaho.
- It was dedicated on February 10, 2008 by Thomas S. Monson.
- The announcement of the Rexburg Temple came three and a half years after the announcement that two-year Ricks College would become four-year Brigham Young University–Idaho.
- Interest in the open house was so high that additional early-morning and evening tours were added to each day. Over 200,000 visitors toured the temple.
- The dedication was delayed one week due to the passing of President Gordon B. Hinckley on Sunday evening, January 27, 2008.
Rexburg Temple – Winter Sunset Aerial by Josh Packer
Rexburg Temple – Spring Storm by Bret Barton
Rexburg Temple – Brilliant Sunset by Megan Kelly
Rexburg Temple – Sunset Silhouette by Bret Barton
Rexburg Temple – Summer Morning by Josh Packer
Rexburg Temple – Winter Morning by Megan Kelly
Rexburg Temple – Harvest Sunrise by Bret Barton
Rexburg Temple – Everlasting Light by Josh Packer
Rexburg Temple – Power From On High by Bret Barton
Rexburg Temple – Greater Heights by Lance Bertola
Rexburg Temple – Harvest Sunset by Bret Barton
Rexburg Temple – Draped In White by Megan Kelly
All of these beautiful Rexburg Temple pictures and painting are available for sale. You can find photo prints, canvas wraps, and framed photos in a large variety of sizes. If one of these above pictures caught your eye, just click on it!