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A sneak peek inside the Meridian Temple

Over 67 thousand square feet and standing at over 109 feet tall, The Meridian Temple is one building you can't help but marvel at.{ }

Over 67 thousand square feet and standing at over 109 feet tall, The Meridian Temple is one building you can't help but marvel at.

This is the 158th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and it's right here in Meridian, just off of North Linder Street.

I spoke with Thomas Coburn, the Managing Director of the Temple Department for the Church of Latter Day Saints, who says that The Meridian Temple's architecture is based on early historic temples from Carson, Alberta and Lehi, Hawaii.

It's exterior is centered on three themes: agriculture, meridian, and mountains.

Coburn says, "This is a blending of art deco style as well as craftsman style, arts and crafts is what they call it, and prairie architecture, so you'll horizontal planes but also the blending of architectural motifs from those designs and styles as well.

The interior boasts Egyptian marble, Sapele African mahogany, and over 100 pieces of artwork.

Also, the architectural details highlight an ode to the gem state herself.

"As you look into the details of the cornice of the temple and the intabliture of the temple you'll see everything from the syringa the Idaho state flower, to the wild meadow flower, the camassia flower. It's also in the stone and it's in the wood and the interiors of the temple.

The temple serves three main purposes for the church, all given special rooms inside the temple.

The sealing room for marriage ceremonies, baptistry for those who died without receiving baptism, and endowments, or rooms for religious education.

There is also the celestial room, one of the most sacred for those of the Mormon faith, for prayer and reflection.

If you are interested in touring The Meridian Temple before it is dedicated November 19th, there will be a free public open house starting October 21st where you can see this work of art up close.

All you have to do is get your ticket here.

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