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Information about the Washington D. C. Temple


  • The Washington D. C. Temple was the first temple built in the eastern United States.
  • The Washington D. C. Temple was the first temple to feature six spires since the construction of the Salt Lake Temple, which inspired that unique design.
  • The Washington D. C. Temple is one of five temples featuring an angel Moroni statue holding the gold plates.  The other four are the Los Angeles California Temple, the Jordan River Utah Temple, the Seattle Washington Temple, and the Mexico City Mexico Temple.
  • The original public open house of the Washington D. C. Temple was attended by 758,328 guests, including Betty Ford, wife of then-U.S. President Gerald Ford.  These tours resulted in over 75,000 missionary referrals.
  • All but two of the Church’s general authorities serving at that time attended the original dedication of the Washington D. C. Temple.
  • The Washington D. C. Temple was dedicated on November 19, 1974 by President Spencer W. Kimball.  It became the 16th dedicated temple in operation at that time.
  • The Washington D. C. Temple district includes members of the Church in Washington D. C., Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.

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