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    Houston Texas Mormon Temple - 2nd Mormon Temple in Texas
    - 97th LDS Church Temple
    - Dedicated - Aug 2000
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    Plans to construct the temple were announced 30 September 1997; Church leaders broke ground 13 June 1998 and Gordon B. Hinckley, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1995-2008), dedicated the Houston Texas Temple 26 August 2000. The temple serves Latter-day Saints in Houston and the surrounding area.

    LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Houston Texas Temple on August 26, 2000. The temple has a total of 33,970 square feet, two ordinance rooms, and two sealing rooms The temple serves over forty-four thousand Latter-day Saints in the southern half of Texas, and is one of four LDS temples in the state of Texas.

    The Houston Temple was the second temple completed in Texas, following the Dallas Texas Temple (1984).

    After the September 1997 announcement that the LDS Church would build a temple in Houston, the search began for an appropriate site. The site eventually chosen formerly belonged to a developer unwilling to sell. Years earlier, however, the developer had gone through difficult financial times and had made a promise to God that if God would help him avoid financial ruin, he would someday "pay God back". When the developer learned what was proposed to be built on his land, he decided to sell the land as his way of paying God back.

    Houston Texas Temple
    6363 Willow Lane, Houston TX 75230-2227; 1-972-991-1273;


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    In attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Houston Texas Temple was a gentleman by the name of Don Hand, the former land owner of the temple site who worked with Church officials to find the right architect for the beautifully designed temple. In the mid-1980s, when the Houston economy took a downturn, Mr. Hand was hit so hard that he feared bankruptcy. He prayed to the Lord and begged His assistance promising to pay Him back in the future. Mr. Hand was spared financial ruin.

    As a developer, Mr. Hand originally purchased 2,000 acres in the area of the temple site and had painted a scene for his wife of his conception of the area's future grandeur. The land had been on the market prior to President Gordon B. Hinckley's site-selection trip to Houston, but when he visited the city it was not available. He viewed the location anyway and informed Realtor Steve Cook that it was the desired site. However, in response to Brother Cook's queries, Mr. Hand indicated, "No amount of money would interest me in selling that property."

    The agent persisted and eventually discussed the intended usage of the land, to build a temple for the Church. Mr. Hand's heart softened. He remembered his promise to the Lord so many years earlier and realized that this would be the perfect opportunity to fulfill it. He agreed to sell (Church News, 20 June 1998).

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