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    Atlanta Georgia Temple Tour - Georgia Mormon Temple
    - 21st Operating Temple
    - First in SouthEast U.S.


    This sacred building was completed in 1983 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Mormons. It stands alongside of the Turner McDonald Parkway (US-19) just north of metropolitan Atlanta. It's landmark feature is the magnificent stain glass of the spire that glows at night.

    The original area served by the temple included approximately 150,000 Latter-day Saints encompassing the states of Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, and portions of North Carolina, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Until the dedication of the Orlando Florida Temple in October 1994 members of the church in the Caribbean also came to the Atlanta Temple. During the first decade of the Atlanta Temple's operation it was not unusual for Latter-day Saints from Venezuela and other South American countries to come to the Atlanta Temple because of cheaper air travel routes than to another country with a temple.

    The Atlanta Georgia Temple was the first temple built in the Southeastern United States and the first dedicated by Church President Gordon B Hinckley, who would later dedicate another 89 temples. The ten-acre property has rolling lawns and well-kept landscaping that is a spiritual refugue to all. The temple closed for nearly two years starting in 2009 for a major renovation of the interior, exterior and landscaping.

    The first Mormon missionaries came to Georgia in 1843 and early converts left to join the saints in Utah. Missionary activity paused during the Civil War. The Church in Georgia took roots principally in rural northwest Georgia (near Summerville and Rome), and then spread southward and eastward in the state. The first chapel of the Church was built near Buchanan, Georgia, in 1879, subsequent to a generous donation of land by a prominent convert, Judge Wyatt N. Williams. By 1908, Church membership in Georgia was approximately 6,800 and a chapel had been constructed in Atlanta, with subsequent churches being erected in Atlanta in 1915 and 1925.

    Members of the church consider the temple to be a literal ‘house of God’ comparable to the ancient Israelite temple where, as recorded in Bible, God spoke with Samuel. Emphasizing this belief, the building’s façade bears the inscription “Holiness to the Lord – The House of the Lord.”

    Atlanta Georgia Temple
    6450 Barfield Road NE, Sandy Springs GA 30328-4283; 770-393-3698;
    Adjacent to Sandy Springs Chapel.


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