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Oakland California Temple

Physical Address: 4770 Lincoln Avenue Oakland, California 94602

Mailing Address: 4770 Lincoln Ave Oakland, CA 94602-2535

Telephone: 510-531-3200 Facsimile: 510-531-2646 Distribution Services: 510-531-9767


Current Temple Schedule & Website

Oakland Temple Milestones

Jan 23, 1961 - Temple Announced

May 26, 1962 - Groundbreaking

Oct 5, 1964 - Open House Start Date

Oct 31, 1964 - Open House End Date

Nov 17, 1964 - Dedication Date



Why Latter-day Saints Build Temples


A Commandment with Blessings


From the days of the Old Testament, the Lord has commanded His people to build temples-sacred structures where He could teach, guide, and bless them. For example, the Lord told the Israelites to build a portable tabernacle that would be their temple while they traveled in the wilderness (see Exodus 26-27; 40:35). Additional Old Testament references to temples are found in 2 Chronicles 5:1-14; 7:1-2 (Temple of Solomon) and Ezra 3:1-13; 6:3 (Temple of Zerubbabel).


When Jesus Christ was on the earth, the only existing temple was known as the Temple of Herod. Jesus was often found in this temple (see, for example, Luke 2:40-49; Matthew 21:10-14).


After the rejection and deaths of Jesus's Apostles, there were no temples on the earth for many centuries. When the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored in the early 1800s, the Lord again commanded His people to build temples (see D&C 88:119; see also section 95). The earliest temples of the restored Church were built in Ohio, Illinois, and eventually in Utah. Today, the Church has 140 operating temples around the world. Regardless of the place or time period, temples are the most sacred place on earth-a place where earth and heaven meet and where we feel close to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.


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