The Atlanta Georgia Temple: The First Mormon Temple in the South

First dedicated on March 7, 1981, the Atlanta Georgia Temple was the first temple built in the southeast of America by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This stunning temple was built on a 9.6 acre lot and features beautiful landscaping as well as daily services throughout the week. As one of the largest temples on the East Coast, the Atlanta Georgia Temple attracts religious followers and travelers alike throughout the year.

The History of the Atlanta Georgia Temple

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has Georgia roots dating back as far as the early-1800s. Followings and congregations grew in size throughout the next century throughout the present-day Atlanta area. By 1930, there were nearly 4500 active church members throughout the entirety of Georgia. Over 10-percent of these followers were in the Atlanta region.

"Gordon B. Hinckley"

As the needs of the area grew, the President of the church, Gordon B. Hinckley, felt a need for a centralized temple for followers to congregate in and from which to conduct missionary services. On March 7, 1981, a groundbreaking ceremony was held with over 10,000 in attendance. A dedicated ceremony was held just a few months later and the Atlanta Georgia Temple was officially opened. Since that time, nearly 100 other temples have been built in the Southern regions of America.

Features of the Atlanta Georgia Temple

"Atlanta Mormon Temple"

A recent renovation of the Atlanta Georgia Temple has restored and extended many of the original areas and services offered by the temple. The 34,500-square foot temple features four ordnance  rooms, four sealing rooms, an enlarged baptistery, increased offices and living quarters and remodeled waiting rooms. These Atlanta Georgia Temple renovations took place from 2009 through 2011.

Easy access to Atlanta, Georgia, from international destinations has made the Atlanta Georgia Temple one of the most visited Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint Temples in the world. Atlanta’s Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been the world’s busiest airport for nearly a decade. With the number of passengers and flights arriving daily, it is not uncommon for travelers from the Caribbean, South America and throughout the Southern United States to make their way to the Atlanta Georgia Temple daily. Because of the popularity of the Atlanta Georgia Temple, it is recommended that any travelers requiring specific services schedule in advance for guaranteed availability.

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