Announced: July 20, 1998.
Location: 200 River Terrace; Kangaroo Point, QLD 4169, Australia; phone; (01161) 73 240-3600; no clothing rental.
Site: .86 acres.
Exterior finish: Light gray granite.
Temple design: Traditional.
Architects: Phillips, Smith, Conwell Architects.
Project manager: Graham Sully.
Contractor: John Holland Pty., Ltd.
Rooms: Celestial room, two ordinances rooms, two sealing rooms, baptistry.
Total floor area: 10,700 square feet.
Dimensions: 149 feet by 72 feet; statue of Angel Moroni on top spire; 71 feet high.
District: Queensland and northern areas of New South Wales.
Groundbreaking, site dedication: May 26, 2001, by Elder Kenneth Johnson of the Seventy and president of the Australia/New Zealand Area.
Dedication: Oct 1, 2000, by President Gordon B. Hinckley; 4 sessions. baptistry dedicated by Elder Faust May 29, 1987.
Done by President Gordon B. Hinckley
O Lord God omnipotent, Thou great Elohim, we come before Thee in the name of Thy Beloved Son, our Redeemer, to dedicate this Thy holy house.
We thank Thee for the marvelous blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We thank Thee for Thine appearance and that of Thy Son to the boy Joseph to part the curtains which had remained closed through centuries of time and to usher in this last and final dispensation. We thank Thee for the marvelous witness of the Book of Mormon of the divinity and reality of the Savior of the world. We thank thee for the restoration of the priesthood with all of the authority and keys thereof and for the establishment of Thy Church. We thank Thee for the great faith of Thy people from the very beginning, many of whom have given their very lives in testimony of the truth of this marvelous work.
We thank Thee for Thy sons and daughters who have extended the blessings of Thine eternal plan of happiness to all who would accept their message. We thank Thee for the strength of Thy work in this good land. We thank Thee for other houses of the Lord on the soil of this nation and are grateful to now have this beautiful structure in this great city of Brisbane together with the accompanying chapel and other facilities. On this Sabbath morning our hearts reach up to Thee in gratitude and love.
Now divine Father, in the sacred name of Thy Son and in the authority of the holy priesthood which comes from Thee, we dedicate and consecrate this the Brisbane Australia Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We dedicate it unto Thee and unto Him and pray that Thou wilt accept of it as the offering of our hands for the accomplishment of Thine everlasting purposes.
We dedicate the grounds on which it stands with their beautiful vegetation. We dedicate the structure from the footing to the figure of Moroni, the walls, the windows, and all of the features of this marvelous edifice.
We dedicate the beautiful baptismal font representative of the molten sea of Solomon's temple. May this font be sacred to all who shall enter its waters, here to be immersed in behalf of those beyond the veil of death. This sacred ordinance was spoken of by Paul of old, and in this dispensation declared by Thee to be necessary to assist in bringing to pass Thine eternal work in behalf of Thy sons and daughters of all generations.
We dedicate and consecrate the endowment rooms where instruction is given concerning Thy great eternal plan. We dedicate and consecrate the beautiful celestial room and the area whereby it is entered. May this be a place of peace and reflection concerning Thy work and the work of our Redeemer. For those who come here may it be a foretaste of the things of heaven.
We dedicate and consecrate the sealing rooms. Here Thy holy priesthood will be exercised to bind in the heavens that which is bound upon the earth and to give assurance of the eternal nature of the family. May those who kneel at these sacred altars do so in righteousness before Thee whether they be acting in their own behalf or in behalf of the deceased.
We dedicate and consecrate every feature of this beautiful structure for the purposes for which they were designed. May they serve well the needs of Thy faithful Saints. May all who come within these walls be worthy before Thee to enter into Thy presence. We pray that Thou wilt deign to visit this sacred edifice and likewise Thy Beloved Son. May Thy Holy Spirit always dwell here and be felt by all who serve here.
Dear Father, we pray that Thou wilt keep this sacred structure safe from the elements of nature and from the evil hand of any who might be inclined to defile it in any way. May it be looked upon by those who pass this way as Thy holy house, even the House of the Lord.
Incline the hearts of Thy people to come here frequently to engage in Thy service. May they love this Thy house and find sweet communion here.
Bless those who preside over this temple and all who assist them that they may have strength and energy to carry the work forward, and may they find great joy in this sacred service.
Now, Father, this structure has been made possible by the consecrations of Thy people throughout the earth. They consecrate their tithes in faith and obedience to Thy command. Wilt Thou bless them. Wilt Thou open the windows of heaven and shower down favor upon them that they shall not lack the things of earth or heaven, but that all their needs may be met and that they may be prospered in righteousness.
We pray for those who have been called as leaders in Thy Church that Thou wilt grant unto them health and energy and the capacity to do that which is expected of them. May they never shrink from their duty, but constantly keep that duty before them as a pillar by day and a fire by night.
As was asked for at Kirtland, may "thy Church . . . come forth out of the wilderness of darkness, and shine forth fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners;" (D&C 109:73).
Now, Father, as we dedicate and consecrate this Thy temple, we also dedicate the neighboring chapel.
We thank Thee for it. We thank Thee for the building which preceded it and which served Thy purposes well. Now this new meetinghouse has been erected to house Thy Saints in their worship services and in other activities which will go forward within this sacred structure. We dedicate it unto Thee and Thy Son for the purposes for which it has been erected. May testimony and declarations of doctrine and faith ring from the pulpit of the chapel. May it be a place of beautiful music, of solemn prayers, of the partaking of the sacrament of the supper of the Lord in remembrance of Him and His great atoning sacrifice, and as a gathering place where Thy people may assemble to learn of Thee and Thy ways.
We pray that the classrooms may likewise be schools of instruction where those of all ages may learn the truths of Thy great restored work. May the cultural hall be a place of sociability where Thy Saints may mingle together with respect and love one for another. May all of the facilities be acceptable unto Thee and kept sacred for the use of Thy faithful Saints as they gather together to worship and mingle in righteousness before Thee.
We pray that Thou wilt likewise bless the surrounding grounds.
May those who pass this way always feel welcome. May those expressing interest in Thy Church find warm friendship and gracious love within the halls of this beautiful structure.
O Lord God of Israel, may glory and honor and praise and worship always be found in these sacred premises of temple and meetinghouse. May Thy Holy Son be here remembered and here worshiped by generations of Latter-day Saints. May these sacred structures be recognized and respected by the people of this great city. May Thy blessings rest upon this nation, this land of freedom where liberty is cherished and the right of worship is safeguarded.
For all of these blessings we feel to pray as we solemnly meet together on this day of dedication in the name of our Savior, our Redeemer, our Lord and our King, even Jesus Christ, amen.
Rain, clouds in Adelaide do not dampen spirits during groundbreaking
By Phillip Howes
Adelaide Australia Firle Stake president
ADELAIDE, Australia — In the midst of black clouds and heavy rain, almost 500 people gathered at the temple site here May 29 for the ceremonial beginning of the Adelaide Australia Temple.
Bishops, acting as ushers, directed the steady flow of traffic to the nearby Firle Chapel, where the groundbreaking service was held. In the comfort of the chapel, to the sound of rain drumming on the roof, the congregation listened to Elder Vaughn J Featherstone of the Seventy and president of the Australia/New Zealand Area and other speakers.
Elder Featherstone, who presided at the services, asked that the local Saints serve in the temple willingly and joyfully.
He called the temple a wonderful credit to the members in Adelaide, who have "for years and years traveled between 15 and 20 hours each way to the Sydney Temple." By demonstrating a commitment to temple attendance, the Adelaide members "surely merit a temple in their midst," he said.
After his talk, he offered the site dedicatory prayer.
Current and former stake presidents recounted the history of the Church in Adelaide and exhorted all in attendance to become pure in heart. Sandra Howell, a stake Relief Society president, spoke on the atonement of the Savior.
A 65-voice choir performed two selections — "The Day Dawn is Breaking" and "High on the Mountain Top" — under the direction of Marilyn Broomfield. They sang without musical accompaniment and their voices touched many hearts.
The congregation proceeded to the temple site, and as they did, the rain stopped. Heavy black clouds gave way to clear skies as Elder Featherstone and local stake presidents broke ground. Next, local dignitaries — including the mayor and his wife, various members of government and the principal of the adjacent high school — as well as children were invited to participate.
Church leaders announced plans to build the Adelaide Australia Temple March 17. The edifice, located just a few miles from the Adelaide City Center, will be one of four temples in the country. The Sydney Australia Temple was dedicated Sept. 20, 1984, by President Gordon B. Hinckley. Ground was broken for the Melbourne Australia Temple March 20 and the Brisbane Australia Temple was announced July 20, 1998.
Work begins on Brisbane temple, the fifth to be built in Australia
By Alan Baker
Church News contributor
BRISBANE, Australia Almost three years after the announcement of the Brisbane Australia Temple by the First Presidency, the site for Australia's fifth temple was dedicated at a groundbreaking service on May 26, presided over by Elder Kenneth Johnson, president of the Australia/New Zealand Area of the Church.
More than 400 invited guests witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony, at which Church and community leaders turned the soil with gold-painted shovels following a brief outdoor service.
Elder Johnson told the gathering that the Lord was "hastening His work in our time."
"During the year 2000, 34 temples were dedicated worldwide. At the end of the year 2000, there were 102 operating temples in 31 countries. Since the beginning of 1998, 55 temples have been dedicated," Elder Johnson said. "Now 65 percent of Church members live within 100 miles of a temple and 85 percent live within 200 miles. That is a wonderful miracle.
"The temple links heaven and earth together. As you walk the halls of the temple you will feel of the Savior's love; you will sense His Spirit. You will know better than you have ever known that He lives."
In the dedicatory prayer, Elder Johnson gave thanks for the days to come, "when the gospel truth would light up this area as never before" because of the construction of the temple.
The site for the Brisbane Australia Temple is on a site known as Kangaroo Point, adjacent to a major freeway and on cliffs overlooking the Brisbane River, the Botanic Gardens and the city center. It will take the place of the 43-year-old stake center that is being demolished.
The Brisbane temple was the first of the small temples to be announced for Australia in July, 1998. Planning approval for the temple and adjacent two-ward meetinghouse finally was obtained in February.
There are 23,300 members in the six stakes and four mission districts in the temple district of Queensland and northern New South Wales, which has a total population of more than 3.5 million.
Members in Queensland currently travel to the Sydney Australia Temple, which is 600 miles from Brisbane and 1,600 miles from the Cairns District in north Queensland.