Meridian, Idaho Temple

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Meridian, Idaho, USA Temple

History

Departing from traditional temple designs that use tall spires, the Meridian temple is octagonal and topped with a dome adorned by a statue of Angel Moroni blowing his trumpet. According to Tom Lindhardt, project manager for the temple, the local Sawtooths and other mountains in the area influenced the temple’s design. He adds, “The design motifs that you’ll see throughout the temple are the camas flower and the Syringa flower (Idaho’s state flower). You’ll see them in the exterior precast throughout the site and on the building itself. They’re carved into the carpets in the sealing rooms and the celestial rooms.”* Two original murals reflect the Idaho mountains and wilderness. Meridian Saints were delighted to learn that they would be blessed with a temple. The Boise temple is about ten miles away and they were overjoyed to have another temple in their midst. Local Saints provided treats and meals for the construction workers. “The Primary children will write notes to the workers, and that touches them more than you could imagine. And it just shows the excitement through the valley for this new temple that they get in their backyard,” Lindhardt said.* Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, “I love the fact that the Saints here are so worthy and so committed to the Savior that the Lord through his prophet would have a very special and beautiful temple here in this part of the Lord’s vineyard.”** Meridian, is so-named because Idaho’s principle surveyor’s meridian passes through the town. The temple is designed to reflect meridians, mountains and agriculture, each an integral part of the area’s history. When dedicating the temple on November 19, 2017, President Dieter F. Ucthdorf of the First Presidency, commented, “When we look at the terrestrial navigation, which we find with the help of the meridians around this globe, we are also guided towards the celestial navigation. Make sure that you’re following the right path in life.” Let this temple be a constant reminder of the strait and narrow path we all strive to follow.

How Temple Coins are Made

Dave started creating jewelry using metals in 1992, ten years later he had worked with nearly every metal in the jewelry industry! Moving to Thailand, he spent the next nine years perfecting his skills with various metals, 3D models and 3D printers. He dreamed of producing something that would bring delight to purchasers and carry with it positive feelings that would touch the souls of those who owned them. In 2014 he was able to realize his dream. Returning to the US, he uses Lost-wax casting to create a metal master from brass alloy for each temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, depicting, in the highest degree of definition possible, a coin with a 3D image of a temple. The reverse of each coin is cast with the words “Stand ye in holy places.”

Purchase one or two of the temples that hold special meaning to you. Commemorate your visit to a temple by picking up the corresponding coin. Celebrate a milestone in a loved one’s life by gifting them a temple coin to inspire them. Collect them all or just a few. Some are cast in precious metals, making each coin an investment that will be a treasure in every sense of the word.

Additional Information

  • Free Shipping on orders over $35.
  • All coins are 1 1/4 in.
  • Pewter Coins are cast from lead free alloys.
  • Brass Coins cast from a silicone, brass alloy.  Giving our brass coins a rich yellow gold color for a fraction of the cost of gold coins.
  • Silver Coins are cast from an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper.
  • Gold Coins cast in 14K Gold are 58.5% pure gold.  The remaining alloy consists of a copper and silver mix.
  • All of our coins are developed, cast, and finished locally in our facility in Logan, UT, U.S.A.

*Source note: Lindhardt, Interview.
**Deseret News, October 16, 2017.