The Fort Lauderdale Temple, owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or the Mormon Church) was announced at the October 2009 session of the Church’s semi-annual worldwide General Conference. On Sunday, May 30, 2010 the exact location of the structure was announced — a 30-acre triangular plot in Davie, Florida, on the northeast corner of Interstate 75 and Griffin Road on SW 154th Avenue.
Ground was broken for the temple on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 10 a.m. Due to parking constraints, attendance at the ceremony was by invitation only. However, all were invited to attend a live satellite broadcast of the ceremony at meetinghouses in the area.
The temple, which will not function as an open community worship center, is home to small-scale ceremonial and educational activities for worthy Mormons who hold “temple recommends. The gorgeous 28,000-square-foot building was described in permit application materials as “an interpretation of Neoclassicism with arches, columns and a steeple.”
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced open house and dedication dates for the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple. The public is invited to visit the temple during an open house from Saturday, 29 March, through 19 April 2014, excluding Sundays. Free reservations for the open house can be made through the fortlauderdalemormontemple.org website in the coming weeks.
The Fort Lauderdale Temple is Florida’s second and serves members living in southern Florida and the Bahamas. Members in this region were required to travel to the Orlando Temple, dedicated in 1994, to worship and participate in ordinances.