LDS unveils design of Gilbert temple

More than a year after the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans to build a temple in Gilbert, the church last week unveiled its design for the high-profile structure.

A detailed site plan went before the Gilbert Design Review Board in a study session on Thursday and could come back for approval in July.

According to plans presented to the board, the 83,000-square-foot temple will use ivory-colored stone and concrete and feature leaded-glass windows. A 195-foot spire will rise from the center of the three-story structure, capped by a gold-plated statue of a trumpeting angel, a trademark symbol of Mormon temples.

Colorful gardens with water features and accent lighting around the temple are meant to encourage contemplation, meditation and rest, according to a report submitted to the board.

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