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About the Orlando Florida Temple
The Orlando Florida Temple is the 48th constructed and 46th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints . Located near Windermere, it was built with a modern single-spire design. It is the second largest LDS temple in the Eastern United States, after theWashington D.C. Temple.
The LDS temple in Orlando, Florida was announced on April 6, 1991, with groundbreaking on June 20, 1992, and dedicated on October 9, 1994 by LDS Church president Howard W. Hunter. The temple was built on a 13-acre (53,000 m2) plot, has 4 ordinance rooms and 5 sealing rooms, and has a total floor area of 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2).
The temple is characterized by its white exterior, graceful columns, arched windows, and delightful water features. Palms trees and shrubs are planted generously across the temple grounds that are open to the public. The Orlando Florida Temple sits on a knoll overlooking a chain of lakes on the edge of the Orlando suburb of Windermere in an area described as one of Florida’s most beautiful locations. Across the street from the temple is the Orlando Florida South Stake Center.
Some interesting facts about the temple of Orlando Florida could be that this was the first temple built in Florida, the second one will be built in the city of Fort Lauderdale and as of Octobr 3rd of 2009 is now under construction. The Orlando Florida Temple is one of only two temples dedicated by President Howard W. Hunter during his brief time as president of the Church. (The other is the Bountiful Utah Temple.)
In its official announcement of the Orlando Florida Temple as Florida’s first temple, the First Presidency stated, “We have selected Orlando because it is a central location with good highways from all parts of the state.”
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