[dropcap]T[/fusion_dropcap]he Oakland California temple graces the Oakland East Bay hills and overlooks the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. Located at 4770 Lincoln Ave Oakland, CA 94602-2535 USA, it was the 2nd LDS temple in California (following the Los Angeles temple in 1956
) and 13th operating temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This majestic building sits on approximately 18 acres full of palm trees, flowers of all varieties, and 2 large water fountains positioned in front gardens of the temple with a stream style water feature running from one to the other. This temple was dedicated November 17th-19th, 1964 by President David O. McKay (who was 91 years old at that time). The Oakland California Temple is over 95,000 square feet and its golden center spire rises 170 feet into the air!
In 1924, long before the construction of the Oakland Temple, Apostle George Albert Smith paid a visit to San Francisco and while overlooking the San Francisco Bay said, “I can almost see in vision a white temple of the Lord high upon those hills, an ensign to all the world travelers as they sail through the Golden Gate into this wonderful harbor.”