The Beautiful Boston, Massachusetts Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the 100th Operating temple of the church being dedicated on October 1st, 2000. The dedication of this temple met the goal made by President Gordon B. Hinckley, 15th President of the church, to have 100 operating temples by the end of the year 2000, Two more temples would be dedicated after this one.
The temple is not “officially” in Boston. It is located in the suburbs, in Belmont, right next to the Belmont Chapel which houses the Belmont 1st & 2nd Wards along with the Arlington Ward, in the Cambridge, Massachusetts Stake of Zion. Located along Route 2, also known as the Concord Turnpike, the temple is in plain view to the many drivers that pass at that turn of the highway since the temple is located at the highest part of the site.
The Temple grounds were purchased in the 1950’s by the church to build a chapel. The church wanted the chapel to be built on the highest point of the land, but the chapel architect refused many times. He was quoted to say that, if the church wanted it on the top of the hill, they would need to find a new architect. The church chose to stick with the architects plan. In 1992 announced plans to build a regional temple in Hartford, Connecticut. Those plans were replaced when the church announced that they wanted to build two temples instead of one to better accommodate the members in the area. Boston and White Plains, New York were announced as the locations.
Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostels presided at the Ground Breaking in 1997. At the site dedication, Elder Scott said this, “we are joined by many beyond the veil. I can’t help but feel very strongly that the Prophet Joseph Smith is aware of tblg,- and Brigham Young and John Taylor and others who worked so diligently to lay the foundation of this restored work. And this includes even from earlier times, the prophets of the Book of Mormon, many of whom had special interest in this area. I feel we are joined by multitudes who rejoice beyond the veil”.
The temple was dedicated on October 1st, 2000 without it’s steeple because of public opposition. They said that the steeple was too tall. Almost a year later, on September 23rd, 2001 The Steeple and Angel Moroni were installed in a tri-tempe Moroni installation on the very evening that Moroni visited the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Hours after the court ruled in favor of adding the steeple to the temple, Elder Loren C. Dunn the temple’s first president died, knowing that the steeple and Moroni would be added.
The Boston, Massachusetts temple is said to be the greatest moment in Church History to happen in New England save the birth of the Prophet Joseph Smith.