San Diego, California Temple

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San Diego, California, USA Temple

History

Two spires rise to pierce the sky over the San Diego temple, dedicated on April 25, 1993. Designed “to symbolize an ascension toward heaven” both the interior and exterior use “darker colors on the lower levels and lighten[ing] the wall and carpet colors on the higher levels” to draw the mind and thoughts upward.* Between the two towers, at the top level of the celestial room, is tucked a star-shaped garden atrium, featuring art glass, suspended light fixtures, and a grand staircase leading to an upper-level balcony. The Saints love to help build temples and this one is no exception. Primary children took great interest in assisting. Children from 180 different wards and branches in the temple district carefully tended and cared for flowers that would be used to decorate the temple grounds. Other children in northern Mexico wanted to help as well, but could not bring plants across the border due to restrictions. After much prayer and thought they designed and made a handcrafted rug for the First Presidency to stand on when they laid the cornerstone. A special microfiche record was made with the names of the primary children and placed in the cornerstone with other items.** In the dedicatory prayer thanks is given “that hundreds of thousands of men and women of various faiths and philosophies have had the opportunity of walking through this sacred house prior to this time of dedication. May an attitude of respect and reverence grow within them. May very many of them be stirred to seek and learn the truths of thy restored work that they too might become eligible to enjoy the blessings offered herein. May any voices of criticism be stilled and any words of disrespect be silenced.” This is a temple that crosses borders and hearts, bringing us all together. May we take away from this temple the ability to still the voices of criticism that arise within us and be respectful of one another.

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 notes: Frank, “New Mormon Temple a Treat for the Eyes”, 138.
**”Children Learn About Temple”