The general public is being offered a rare opportunity to take a sneak peak into the new Gilbert Mormon Temple. Spokeswoman Cindy Packard says people of all faiths are invited to tour the 85-thousand-square-foot church for free. The doors to the Temple will open Saturday, January 18 and remain open to the
public daily, except on Sundays, through February 15, 2014.
The Gilbert Mormon Temple is the largest temple the Church has constructed in 17 years with five levels. The church is 82-and-a-half feet tall and stretches to 195 feet with a spire and an angel at the top.
Packard raves about the beautiful workmanship of detailed ivory exterior features with high quality precast concrete. The stone structure is accentuated with fine rustications and lovely art glass windows.
Packard says the tour lasts about an hour and a guide will walk you through every room in the temple, including the "Marriage Room" and "Celestial Room." There will also be a question/answer portion at the end of the tour. She says anyone can ask any question about the Mormon faith and the church and a host will be happy to answer.
Packard says ticket reservations are necessary as the tours can fill up fast. Free reservations for the open house can be made through the www.gilbertmormontemple.org website in the coming weeks.
The temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Once the temple is dedicated, Packard says the general public will not be allowed inside the temple walls. She explains the church is considered sacred ground once the dedication ceremony takes place and only acting members of the church and Mormon faith will be permitted to enter.