The Phoenix Arizona temple is the 144th worldwide operating LDS temple and one of the newest, dedicated in November of 2014. With this new dedication, it is one of 5 temples already built in Arizona. This temple and the Gilbert Arizona temple were both dedicated this year, bringing a big boost to the numbers of operating temples in Arizona when you look at what started in 1927 as one temple in Mesa Arizona.
To fit in with the desert landscape, a deco-style in a light earth tone was chosen as the design. As with most temples, a gold-leafed Angel Moroni tops the single spire. "The upper section of the spire displays art glass featuring an agave plant design colored in green, blue and gold hues." The detail is immaculate and ornate, as expected, incorporating paintings of the local scenery, leaves and aloe stalk motif throughout. Focal points on the grounds are the terraced water feature on the east side and the travertine fountain on the west side.
Phoenix and the surrounding area has plenty of activities to keep you busy. If you're visiting in the spring, get a first look at the Dodgers and White Sox at the Camelback Ranch Glendale while the players participate in spring training. Summer heat can be brutal and can easily reach over 100 degrees. If you want to visit the Desert Botanical Garden, an outdoor garden displaying flora and fauna from the area and around the world, start early or make sure to bring a hat and sunscreen. If you need a respite, check out the Musical Instrument Museum where you can hear, see and play musical instruments from over 200 countries. The Children's Museum of Phoenix offers hands-on exhibits for the little ones in your family as you beat the heat. The Arizona Science Center features an IMAX and Planetarium and exhibits that allow you to explore Science. If you really need to cool down, take it to the next level and head for Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix for some water fun. If you had your heart set on becoming a cowboy for a day, you won't want to miss Rawhide, for a full Western experience.
You'll find many Mexican restaurants in the area. We think Don Rubens Mexican Restaurant is one of the better choices if you're on the search for real Mexican food. Fuego Bistro might be tucked inside a courtyard, but once you find the place, you can't help but fall in love with their creative, Latin-inspired food. For real, authentic (it's even certified as such) Napoli, Italy pizza and Italian specialties, you can't miss Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana. "Every pizza is a piece of art!". Look no further than European Bakery & Cafe for fresh, daily baked bread, pastries, cakes and European-inspired sandwiches. If you're hard-pressed to continue your healthy eating streak, even while traveling, the True Food Kitchen couldn't be a better choice. Eat real, unprocessed food that's truly good for you. You'll be thanking yourself later. We can't forget about breakfast. Eat some locally sourced, fresh food at Scramble, A Breakfast Joint. Creative breakfasts are served all day, every day until 2 p.m.