A Shining White Jewel in Paradise: The Laie Hawaii Temple « Meridian Magazine

Sign up for our newsletter


Signed up, but still not getting our newsletter? Click here.


May 25, 2024


Enter to win a four-day, three-night excursion for four, including airfare, accommodations and food to Laie, Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center. Winners will be announced on November 22. Don’t delay! You have a very good chance of winning! Click here for Meridian’s special link to the contest.

In 1865, Elder William W. Cluff was walking along the beach early one morning near the newly purchased Laie Plantation on the island of Oahu. Brigham Young, then President of the Church, appeared to him in a vision and said, “This is the place, and upon this land we will build a temple unto our God.” At that time there were no completed temples in possession of the Church! Fifty-four years later, Heber J. Grant acknowledged in the dedicatory prayer: “We thank Thee, O Father, this day, that the promise made in a dream to Thy servant William W. Cluff, by Thy Prophet Brigham Young, that the day would come when a temple should be erected in this land, is fulfilled before our eyes.” Today we take a look at this magnificent edifice, this shining white jewel in paradise, through stunning beautiful images and brief excerpts from the dedicatory prayers of 1919, 1978 and 2010. Come and lift your day.


Renee RodriguezNovember 17, 2016

My husband and I served as Temple Missionaries in the Laie Hawaii Temple. We first served under Pres. and Sis. Ursenbach and then Pres. and Sis. Workman. We loved serving there and also loved the wonderful Polynesian people.


    Daily news, articles, videos and podcasts sent straight to your inbox.