Phoenix, Arizona Temple

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Phoenix, Arizona, USA Temple

History

With the announcement of a temple to be built in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 9, 2008, came a barrage of protests and obstacles. Over the next two years the people of the area protested, stating their unhappiness with the location, size, height, and even the color. Many meetings and interviews later, the Church held a special neighborhood meeting on August 17, 2010. “We want the neighbors to understand that their concerns were considered as the new design was drawn up,” said Church spokesman Jennifer Wheeler. The temple was completely redesigned, turning the two-story building into a single-story building with a full basement. The Church agreed to not build a visitors’ center, hold pageants, or display Christmas lights. Many members consider the final temple design to be a blessing because the added basement dramatically increased the overall interior space.* Additionally, a “Why do Mormons Build Temples?” event was held in a local meetinghouse. Many attended and felt their concerns evaporate, including Cynthia and her four-year-old son. Cynthia reported that, “What I learned and felt brought me peace, so we started attending church services. Everything I learned about the Church I somehow already knew to be true… I look forward to going to the temple so much.”* To connect the Phoenix temple and the Mesa, Arizona, temple, the same terra cotta designs and turquoise color were used. The terra cotta is featured in the baptistry where Temple special project missionary Elder Don Lamb says the exterior of the baptismal font is, “literally a massive jigsaw puzzle of terra cotta.”* The Phoenix temple was dedicated on November 16, 2014. The dedicatory prayer includes this blessing, “Help the youth of Thy church stand firm for truth and righteousness. Open wide to their view the gates of learning, of understanding and of service in Thy kingdom. Build within them strength to resist the temptations of the world. Give them the will to walk in virtue and faith, to be prayerful and to look to Thee as their constant anchor.” Let the Phoenix temple remind you that we are all God’s children and thus youth in His church, inviting you stand firm, resist temptations, and prayerfully took to God as your constant anchor.

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: Hawkins, “Temples of the New Millennium”