The Mesa Arizona Temple was one of the first temples built outside of the state of Utah by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served people from all around the world.
Recently it the Mesa Arizona Temple has undergone some major renovations, but it still stands as a symbol of faith and light to the community around it.
Although no Angel Moroni stands at its top, the Mesa Arizona Temple reminds us of the blessings that await us inside of its hallowed doors.
10 Little Known Facts About the Mesa Arizona Temple
- There are decorative friezes on the corners of the Mesa temple that represent the nations of the earth coming to the temple. Nations represented include pioneers, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, Mexicans, southern Europeans, Central Europeans, individuals from the British Isles, and Scandinavians.
- The first temple ceremonies in Spanish were conducted in this temple.(Newsroom of the ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
- The Mesa Temple grounds hosts two major events each year, the Mesa Easter pageant, and the Temple Gardens Christmas Lights display.
- The Mesa Temple was designed after the Temple of Solomon.
- The Mesa Temple once served all of the southern states as far away as Florida.
- A 9,000 lb. petroglyph rock which stood in the temple’s gardens for ninety years was given back to the Native American Tribe from which it came during the 2018 temple renovations. (MesaTemple.org)
- The land which would eventually become the home of the temple was owned by W.A. Kimball, son of Heber C. Kimball. (Mesa.gov)
- Over 200,000 people came to the Mesa Temple’s open house during 1927.
- The Mesa Easter pageant held on the temple grounds has been a community tradition since 1928.
- Mesa was originally called Zenos and Lehi. (Mesa Historical Museum)