Cost of Temples

27 Primary Sources


The last edition of the Church almanac that reported on the cost of temples.

Jan 4, 1993

Newspaper estimate of LA temple cost.

Oct 4, 1997

Gordon B. Hinckley announces plan to build smaller temples during 1997 October General Conference.

Apr 4, 1999

Gordon B. Hinckley, during the April 1999 General Conference, reports that the Nauvoo Temple will be rebuilt due to a "a very substantial contribution" from a member of the Church and his family.


FAIR sponsored study that analyzed the effect of temples on property values.

May 8, 2003

Church reports on cost of a temple in Australia.

Apr 28, 2005

Jenna Platt in Daily Universe article: donations from local members, not only tithing, used in cost of Newport Beach Temple.

Jan 8, 2009

Paul Gilbert tells Arizona Republic he expects the temple to benefit property values.

Aug 3, 2010

Philadelphia Inquirer gives estimate for Philadelphia Temple.


Academic paper from Contemporary Economic Policy journal on the effects of a temple on housing values.


Contractor Herman Goldner Co quotes an estimate for the Philadelphia temple.

Apr 30, 2014

Statement from Church about not borrowing funds for temples.

Nov 14, 2015

PI cites Church official saying that the temple would end up costing about 70 million.

Jan 1, 2016

An anonymous ExMormon Reddit user provides Calgary Temple permit price.

Aug 1, 2016

Philadelphia Inquirer quotes Larry Y. Wilson saying temples are built to stand forever.

Mar 22, 2017

Gordon B. Hinckley explains the new, small temple design.

May 20, 2017

Blogger Matt Martinich calculated inflation-adjusted costs for prior temple construction estimates.

Oct 16, 2017

Journalist account of how much the Meridian temple cost.

Jul 26, 2018

MHP discusses the first "mini temple": Monticello Utah Temple.


Official Church Website teaching that Tithing is used for construction of temples.

Jul 16, 2019

The Church teaches temples are "Literally the house of the Lord."

Apr 2020

Fletcher Construction offers firsthand calculation for the cost of a smaller temple.


Dimensions, number of rooms, and acreage of Temples provided by "Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

Feb 3, 2021

Church Newsroom reports on LDS Charities providing 30 millions meals to children.

Sep 15, 2021

Church Newsroom reports on the activity of LDS Charities during COVID Pandemic.

Nov 5, 2021

Church announcement of cafeterias in all but two temples being discontinued beginning in 2022.

Nov 6, 2021

Connor Sanders of Salt Lake Tribune writes article on Church announcing closure of cafeterias in LDS Temples in 2022.