The St George temple is the 1st operating temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is the oldest temple still used by Latter-Day Saints and is located in St George Utah.
The building of the St George temple was announced in General Conference of 1871 (years before the Salt Lake Temple was completed). The Saints were to start work on the St George temple immediately. There was a great need for a temple and for temple ordinances to begin.
When Saints first started building the St George temple, they requested that Brigham Young change the location of the temple. The site that was chosen for the St George temple was extrememly swampy and would be difficult to build a temple there. Brigham Young insisted that was where the St George temple was to be built.
The saints used a cannon to break up lava rocks, which were used to create a solid foundation for the temple to be built on. (The cannon was the same one used by Napoleon in Moscow which was brought through Siberia, to Alaska, down to California and acquired by the Mormon Battalion who brought it back to Utah). This cannon can be found on display on the St George temple grounds.
The walls of the temple were constructed with sandstone and then plastered with a white finish. It took 5 1/2 years to complete the temple. Saints were asked to work on the temple one day out of ten. The women helped to make rugs and carpet for the interior of the temple.
The St George temple was dedicated in April 1977 by Daniel H Wells (second counsellor in the First Presidency). Brigham Young passed away a few months after the dedication of the St George temple.
Brigham Young was not completely satisfied with the dome and tower on top of the temple; however, because of the need for a temple, the St George temple was dedicated the way it was. About a year after the dedication of the temple, lightning struck the tower of the temple and it had to be repaired and rebuilt. The tower was then redesigned and reconstructed to look the way Brigham Young wanted.
The interior of the St George temple was remodeled and the temple was rededicated in 1975.