The Gilbert Arizona temple is one of the newest temples, dedicated in March 2014. This is the fourth temple to be built in Arizona, however there should be a total of 6 completed within the next few years. The design is unique, slightly square in nature with multiple levels, supported by statuesque blocks of precast ivory concrete and stone in varying heights with one central pillar holding the gold Statue of Moroni. Including the spire, the temple is the highest building in Gilbert featuring gorgeously detailed art glass windows, decorative pergola and beautiful water features. This area is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and hosts a large concentration of Mormons. With the Mesa, Gilbert and Phoenix temples all in this centralized area, it's starting to resemble a Utah neighborhood.
Gilbert has a small town feel, but with Phoenix being less than 30 minutes away, it's the best of both worlds. Arizona is known for it's beautiful year-round warm (hot!) weather and many take advantage of the sun by going outdoors. The In Use Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch is a fantastic preserve where you can spot all types of birds on the expansive 110 acres. Discovery District Park is just across the street from the temple. A large park with many walking paths and ponds. For retail therapy, there's even an outdoor shopping center, the SanTan Village. To learn the history of Gilbert, there's a small museum worth checking out if you're in in the area, the Gilbert Historical Museum.
SanTan Village also has many options for dining, including the famous gelato of Frost, A Gelato Shoppe. For Thai cuisine, eat at Thai Chili for curry, seafood, vegetable and noodle entrees. High Tide Seafood uses high-pressure steam kettle cooking to create memorable seafood dishes. The Farmhouse is a great stop for breakfast or lunch that will fit even the most frugal diners with classic American food. Black Bear Diner is a family-friendly diner serving up classic breakfast, lunch and dinner. Someburros is a family-run restaurant serving Mexican food based on their grandmothers recipes.
Whatever you're doing, make sure you take time to enjoy one of the beautiful temples of our time, whether it be walking around the grounds or going to a session.