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Temple History

The Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple is the 104th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple was the first temple built in Nebraska. The Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple is a sister building to the Snowflake Arizona Temple. The Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple is one of three temples built in locations of historic significance for the early Church. (The other two temples are the Palmyra New York Temple and the Nauvoo Illinois Temple.)

The dedicatory services of the Winter Quarter Nebraska Temple were broadcast over the Church's encrypted satellite system to stake centers and Church facilities throughout North America.

Elder Hugh W. Pinnock of the Seventy and president of the North America Central Area presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple held at the temple site adjacent to a Church-owned pioneer cemetery in Historic Winter Quarters in Florence, a district of Omaha. Nearby is the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters, dedicated in 1997 by President Gordon B. Hinckley. Addressing the congregation prior to giving the dedicatory prayer, Elder Pinnock mused: "It would be impossible to discuss the Winter Quarters groundbreaking and the future temple to be located here without discussing Council Bluffs [Iowa] just across the [Missouri] river, the Mormon Battalion that was mustered there and that departed from that place. And yet, it's difficult talking about Council Bluffs without acknowledging Mt. Pisgah and Garden Grove, Iowa, which also provided temporary places of rest and consolidation for the saints as they left Nauvoo, [Illinois] and as we focus momentarily upon the many pathetic, painful problems the saints had encountered in Nauvoo which led to their expulsion."


Temple District

The Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple serves members from 11 stakes headquartered in Iowa, Nebraska, and Southeastern South Dakota:

Iowa

  1. Ames Iowa Stake
  2. Council Bluffs Iowa Stake
  3. Des Moines Iowa Mount Pisgah Stake
  4. Des Moines Iowa Stake
  5. Sioux City Iowa Stake

Nebraska

  1. Kearney Nebraska Stake
  2. Lincoln Nebraska Stake
  3. Omaha Nebraska Millard Stake
  4. Omaha Nebraska Papillion Stake
  5. Omaha Nebraska Stake

Southeastern South Dakota

  1. Sioux Falls South Dakota Stake


Presidents

  1. Randall D. Bartlett 2019–
  2. Donald D. Deshler 2016–2019
  3. Theodore H. Okiishi 2013–2016
  4. Maury W. Schooff 2010–2013
  5. Merrill C. Oaks 2007–2010
  6. Robert B. Harbertson 2004–2007
  7. E. Louis Butler 2001–2004


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Winter Quarters Temple

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The Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple is the 104th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the first temple built in Nebraska. The temple site adjacent to a Church-owned pioneer cemetery in Historic Winter Quarters in Florence, a district of Omaha. Nearby is the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters.

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