Mesa Arizona – Within the desert of Arizona, the Mesa Temple stands as an oasis for all. It is surrounded by a cactus garden to embrace its desert beauty. The temple is located in a city founded by Latter-day Saint pioneers. The temple connects these pioneer’s descendants to their origins. The building is constructed with gleaming terra cotta tiles. It is the 7th dedicated temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Anyone who passes by can feel a warm welcome.
Take a guided tour of the Mesa Temple with one of our friendly volunteers. On the tour, you’ll be guided through interactive displays, get an inside look at the history of the Mesa Temple, and have an amazing experience with Thorvaldsen’s Christus. All tours are hosted by the Mesa Temple Visitors’ Center.
*Please note that these tours do not take you into the actual temple. Many temple visitors’ centers have model replicas of the temple that they’ll use to show the interior of the temple.
How to Schedule a Tour
Select a date and time for your virtual tour.
What to Expect
When you join a physical or virtual tour, you’ll be greeted by one of our friendly volunteers. From there, you’ll start your tour. Make sure to mention anything that you’re interested in seeing or questions that you have. Our volunteers are friendly and helpful.
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After you’ve met the volunteers that will take you on your tour, they’ll get you started to see the things you’re interested in.
History of the Mesa Temple
The Mesa Arizona Temple was the first temple built in Arizona and was announced in the year 1919. Instead of a traditional open house, the Mesa Temple hosted tours during its last two years of construction. The temple grounds are home to a beautiful cactus garden as well as reflection pools. The Mesa Temple also is host to the most significant annual Easter pageant. At Christmas, it features hundreds of twinkling Christmas lights. Before the Mesa Temple was built, Arizonians had to travel to the St. George Utah Temple and due to the number of bridal parties that traveled between Arizona and St. George, the road became known as the Honeymoon Trail.