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"It just provides a beautiful spirit in a community to have a temple and we sense and feel that in this western part of the valley here, Treasure Valley and Ada County," Craig Rowe, coordinator for the Meridian Idaho Temple dedication and events, told BYU-Idaho Radio. "I believe on the whole that these communities are excited about having the temple and all it brings to them from their perspectives."

September 28, 2017
Writer: Sydney Jensen

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Idaho are gearing up to dedicate another temple, this time in the southwestern part of the state.

President Thomas S. Monson announced the LDS Church's plans to build a temple in Meridian, Idaho in the April 2011 General Conference. Now, just over six years later, coordinator for the Meridian Idaho Temple dedication and events Craig Rowe says the area is ready to dedicate the latest Idaho temple. 

"It just provides a beautiful spirit in a community to have a temple and we sense and feel that in this western part of the valley here, Treasure Valley and Ada County," Craig Rowe, coordinator for the Meridian Idaho Temple dedication and events, told BYU-Idaho Radio. "I believe on the whole that these communities are excited about having the temple and all it brings to them from their perspectives."

Rowe says the temple provides a breathtaking view itself, but also allows visitors to see some of the best parts of the Treasure Valley from its location.

"The temple overlooks the communities of Eagle and parts of Meridian," Rowe said. "It's just a naturally beautiful area of pastures, farmland. The land just sits a small distance from the banks of the Boise River. It's really quite a serene temple environment and a large temple site of nearly 16 acres...I think people will find as they visit the temple, a very serene and welcoming place and people can just come and relax and contemplate about things."

Public tours of the temple begin October 21, 2017, and will continue through November 11, 2017. You can reserve tickets for a tour by clicking here.

You can listen to the full interview below.