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    Reno Nevada Temple Oakland California Temple

    Thirteenth Temple of the LDS Church sits in the eastern Oakland foothills with a commanding view of the San Francisco Bay Area. Standing 170-feet high with five steeples, it is a well-known landmark of the area.

    Temple grounds include beautiful gardens, water features, and tall palm trees. Exterior walls features two 35-foot sculpted panels depicting Jesus teaching in the Holy Land and Jesus teaching the Nephites. Also located here is the East Bay Interstake Center, Regional Family History Center, a Visitors Center open to the public and exciting seasonal Christmas Lights and Music.


    Sacramento Temple Sacramento California Temple

    The 123rd operating temple of the LDS Church features a classic-modern, single-spire design built with a light gray granite exterior on a site. It sits just outside of Sacramento overlooking Lake Natoma.

    The 47-acre hilltop property is surrounded by majestic oak trees with scenic views of the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains and is the 7th Mormon Temple completed in California.


    Fresno Temple Fresno California Temple

    Dedicated: 09-Apr-2000 as the 78th Operating Temple of the LDS Church and serves members of the church in Fresno, Hanford, Merced, Porterville and Visalia. It is the first temple built in California's Central Valley.

    This Mormon Temple was the 99th temple announced but 78th temple completed the LDS Church. Its design is as the other smaller temples that are being built worldwide. The exterior is white sierra granite and features a single-spire topped by a statue of the angel Moroni. It has a total floor area of 10,700 square feet.


    Medford Oregon Mormon Pioneer Temple Medford Mormon Temple

    The second Mormon Temple constructed in Oregon and serves members in Southern Oregon and parts of Northern California. It advances the new emphasis of the church to bring smaller sized temples to the membership in more remote areas. The gray exterior granite was quarried from Mount Airy, North Carolina.

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    Reno Nevada Temple Reno Nevada Temple

    The exterior gray granite came all the way from a rock quarry in Vermont. It is located on a large site directly across from the Northgate Golf Club. English, Spanish, Tongan, and Closed Caption are available for all endowment sessions. Other languages are also available upon request.

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    Tour Temple Square
    Museums / Restaurants / Theater

    Walk the peaceful temple grounds and then see some of the newer attractions just next door. The last few years have seen huge expansion of many top quality facilities here.

    You are invited to enjoy the beauty and serenity of historic Temple Square. Visitors can take a complimentary Garden Tour of the grounds and buildings, available daily in 40 languages.


    Sacramento Valley Mormon History

    Rhoads Family Pioneers

    In 1846/1847, Brigham Young led the main body of the Mormon Church westward. Many church members attempted other enterprising ways to make their west. One was Thomas Rhoads and his family.

    Rhoads was a Mormon convert living in Missouri after the Mormon extermination order there. In 1846 they came to California in the same wagon company as hated ex-governor Lilburn Boggs, traveling across the Sierra Nevada just a few weeks ahead of the ill-fated Donner Party.

    This group settled somewhere east of Sutter's Fort. Two sons were involved in the efforts to rescue the Donner Party. The family also discovered gold well ahead of the famous discovery by John Marshall at Sutter's Mill.

    Brown's Tavern

    Legendary Mormon frontiersman, Orrin Porter Rockwell, came to this region during the years of the gold rush. He found the hard work of gold mining distasteful, and soon opened three California Saloons, including one named Brown's Settlement or Brown's Tavern on Alder Creek, located about two miles south of Folsom. He used the alias of Brown since there were many former Missourians in the region who accused him of attempting to kill Governor Boggs a decade earlier. Brown's Settlement was used frequently for LDS church meetings held amongst the gold miners in this area. Apostles Lyman and Rich visited here frequently.

    Early Mormon Settlers

    Aaron and Mary Garlick
    LDS converts that immigrated from Great Britain in 1857 in poverty. Their home at 108 2nd Street was the site of numerous church meetings. For awhile he left the LDS branch to join the RLDS Branch and was even their branch president for a time before returning to the LDS branch in 1870.


    Mormon Battalion Visitors Center
    Old Town San Diego S.H.P.

    Church operated museum commerating the 1847 completion of the longest infantry march in US History, over 2000 miles from Council Bluffs, Iowa to San Diego. The Mormon Battalion consisted of five companies that totaled over 500 men. Multimedia presentations, historic artifacts including authentic muskets, cannon, and fine artwork.
    Mormon Battalion Commemoration [4th Sat of Jan] - Annual Military Parade and Dutch Oven Bakeoff in San Diego Old Town State Park - Children's crafts and games, pioneer music, living history reenactments, wagon rides.


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