The Houston Texas Temple was the second temple built in Texas, following the Dallas Texas Temple (1984).

Land Purchase

Also in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony was a gentleman by the name of Don Hand, the former land owner of the temple site who worked with Church officials to find the right architect for the beautifully designed temple. In the mid-1980s, when the Houston economy took a downturn, Mr. Hand was hit so hard that he feared bankruptcy. He prayed to the Lord and begged His assistance promising to pay Him back in the future. Mr. Hand was spared financial ruin.

As a developer, Mr. Hand originally purchased 2,000 acres in the area of the temple site and had painted a scene for his wife of his conception of the area's future grandeur. The land had been on the market prior to President Gordon B. Hinckley's site-selection trip to Houston, but when he visited the city it was not available. He viewed the location anyway and informed Realtor Steve Cook that it was the desired site. However, in response to Brother Cook's queries, Mr. Hand indicated, "No amount of money would interest me in selling that property."

The agent persisted and eventually discussed the intended usage of the land, to build a temple for the Church. Mr. Hand's heart softened. He remembered his promise to the Lord so many years earlier and realized that this would be the perfect opportunity to fulfill it. He agreed to sell. [1]

2017 Floods

The historic flooding in Southeast Texas created by Hurricane Harvey breached the Houston Texas Temple on August 26, 2017, resulting in significant damage. Hurricane Harvey dropped a record rainfall of 52 inches in Houston in late August. The baptistry flooded to the top, and water reached waist deep in some areas of the basement. Several inches of water on the main floor ruined carpet and furniture. The temple was temporarily closed for repairs. The temple was rededicated in by Elder M. Russell Ballard on 22 April 2018.[2]

Temple presidents

Notable temple presidents have included:

Temple District

Southeast Texas (Houston)


# LDS # Title Found Date Temple District 1st president Notes Status
001 1818 Bay City Texas Stake 13 Oct 1991 Houston Josepn N. Cannon Jr
002 0333 Beaumont Texas Stake 03 Sep 1961 Houston Alden C. Stout
003 1076 College Station Texas Stake 28 Oct 1979 Houston Hylen Lee Allphin Formerly called Conroe Texas Stake.
004 xxxx Conroe Texas Stake 30 Apr 2017 Houston
005 1451 Cypress Texas Stake 06 Nov 1983 Houston Bruce A. Nelson
006 0843 Friendswood Texas Stake 29 May 1977 Houston Newell K. Hill
007 0209 Houston Texas Stake 11 Oct 1953 Houston Jack B. Tunnell (Spanish speaking)
008 xxxx Houston Texas Bear Creek Stake 15 Feb 2015 Houston
009 0456 Houston Texas East Stake 05 May 1968 Houston Martell A. Belnap
010 0733 Houston Texas North Stake 16 Nov 1975 Houston Harold E. DeLamore
011 1211 Houston Texas South Stake 30 Nov 1980 Houston Leo C. Smith
013 2970 Houston Texas Summerwood Stake 03 Jun 2012 Houston James C. Banks
014 2702 Houston Texas West Stake 08 Jan 2006 Houston Sergio Enrique Perez (Spanish speaking)
015 1834 Katy Texas Stake 01 Dec 1991 Houston Collins W. Steward
016 1337 Kingwood Texas Stake 18 Apr 1982 Houston Robert L. Ezell
017 2616 Klein Texas Stake 02 Nov 2003 Houston Paul K. Oscarson
018 2861 League City Texas Stake 25 Oct 2009 Houston Weldon J. Reeves
019 1360 Orange Texas Stake 29 Oct 1982 Houston Bernard E. Packard
020 2719 Richmond Texas Stake 07 May 2005 Houston John D. Oldroyd
021 2862 Spring Texas Stake 08 Nov 2009 Houston Randy C. Tolman
022 xxxx The Woodlands Texas Stake 12 Oct 2014 Houston
023 xxxx Tomball Texas Stake 21 May 2017 Houston


Template:Main article Temple access is available to church members who hold a current temple recommend, as is the case with all operating Latter-day Saints temples. An adjacent visitors center is open to the public. An LDS Church meetinghouse is across the street on the East, which is also open to the public.

See Also


  1. [ Church News, 20 June 1998]
  2. ChurchNews - Temple Closure

Houston Texas Temple


Houston Texas Temple is the second temple of the church for Texas. Originally dedicated in 2000, it was closed after the damaging floods of Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. It has seen been refurbished and rededicated for service to the Lord.