The newest temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Texas is opening for public tours.
Beginning today, August 21, 2023, media and invited guests will be welcomed into the sacred building for special tours. They will be hosted by members of the Area Presidency of the North America Southwest region — Elder Jose L. Alonso and Elder Michael A. Dunn — and Elder Adeyinka A. Ojediran, a General Authority Seventy and member of the Temple Department Executive Committee.
For the next three days, the doors will be opened to other invited guests. Immediately following, a public open house will be held for two weeks. It will run from Friday, August 25, through Saturday, September 9, 2023, excluding Sundays. All are invited to attend.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will dedicate the temple on Sunday, October 8, 2023, in two sessions (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. CDT).
The McAllen Texas Temple, announced by President Russell M. Nelson in October 2019, is built of structural steel with a precast exterior. It incorporates art glass as well as fences and walkways made of concrete and fabricated pavers.
The single-story building encompasses 27,897 square feet and sits on a 10.61-acre site, along with a new meetinghouse. From the base of the temple to the top of the dome, it measures 98 feet, with the spire adding an additional 10 feet.
The design of the temple is inspired by citrus crops grown in and around McAllen, as well as Spanish colonial architecture found in the area. Among the patterns featured are citrus blossoms, barbed quatrefoils, scrolls and ribbons.
Inside the temple, soft-gold broadloom carpet is used in the general areas and instruction rooms, with wall-to-wall wool rugs featured in the celestial and sealing rooms. Area rugs are filled with vibrant blues, golds and greens — reminiscent of bluebonnets, the state flower of Texas; the nearby Gulf of Mexico; and other landscape elements in the state.
On the ceilings of ordinance spaces, the bride’s room, hallways, the entryway, waiting areas and the celestial room, decorative painting patterns are featured.
The doors into the celestial room, sealing rooms, baptistery, and confirmation room, in addition to a large viewing window into the baptistry font area, are adorned with art glass.
The doors of the temple are made of mahogany and the door hardware is bronze with an antique bronze finish.
The Church of Jesus Christ in Texas
The McAllen Texas Temple is the 183rd operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is the fifth temple completed in Texas, including locations in Dallas, Houston, Lubbock, and San Antonio. Three additional temples are planned or under construction in Austin, Fort Worth, and Prosper.
The temple in McAllen is the first in the Rio Grande Valley, which saw Spanish-speaking Latter-day Saint missionaries in the area as early as the 1920s.
Elizabeth Rodriguez de Anda, a local Church member, said of the temple, “I felt tremendous joy in my heart. Tears fell from my eyes as I realized our Heavenly Father has been listening to the fervent prayers of countless [Church] members for many years. I thought about the faithful families in the Rio Grande Valley and members who live in Northern Mexico. This temple will be a great blessing and a great privilege for many families. I am grateful to our Heavenly Father for this modern-day miracle.”