Albuquerque LDS Temple
The LDS temple located here in Albuquerque, is New Mexico's first and, so far, only LDS temple. This 73rd operating temple was completed and dedicated on March 5, 2000. Then LDS Prophet/President, Gordon B. Hinckley, upon dedication of the temple, announced that he had hopes that this temple would inspire both LDS and non-LDS to do their family genealogy as well as helping those of American Indians who live around the area.
Backstory and Context
Ground for the Albuquerque New Mexico Temple was broken in a special ceremony on June 20, 1998. About 6,500 members attended the event which had a 600-voice youth choir provide the music.
"Angel Moroni statues placed atop 2 temples", Church News, June 26, 1999
"Open house, dedication set for Albuquerque temple", Church News, Feb 5, 2000
"'A place that ties families together'", Church News, March 11, 2000
Weaver, Sarah Jane (March 11, 2000), "Temple melding members of three cultures", Church News