On February 9, 2020, a monumental temple opened to the public in Phoenix, Arizona. The religious worship center, with capacity for more than 4,000 people, was built by members of the Light of the World church.
Motivated by their faith and vocation of service, parishioners joined forces for a decade to make available to the community a space for spirituality, formation in values and healthy coexistence.
The venue is characterized by stained glass windows inspired by sacred scriptures, with dozens of symbolisms and sculptures that fuse styles of modern and classical art.
The opening event was attended by neighbors, community leaders and hundreds of families from across Arizona. Pastor Uzziel Joaquín; apostolic delegate; presided over the opening ceremony, highlighting the values that defined the volunteers whom participated in the building of the sanctuary which are unity, love and gratitude towards the Creator.
A space of peace
On October 14, 2008, excavation work began on the property located near the major Interstate 10, which runs 2460 miles (3,959 kms) through seven southern states of the country, from California to Florida. The consolidation of this project has had, from the beginning, a great acceptance among the neighbors of this community, motivated that this sanctuary could be visualized daily by thousands of people.
The architectural project included the construction of a high tower that measures 120-feet (35-meter). The base of the temple holds a dome of 80 feet (25 meters) high. The basement holds a capacity for 1700 people, which was designed with the purpose to give talks to children and to the youth.
The building uses the latest technology in projection and audio equipment. Its contemporary structural design has transformed the Phoenix skyline and is a new integral element of the art district on Grand Avenue, where the main access is located.
Like an oasis in the desert
Its design was inspired by the idea of an oasis in the desert, the columns and vaulted ceiling are adorned by representations of waterways and streams. At the top of the vault is an impressive work of art, the sun and the firmament, representing the vastness of the Lord’s creation. This visual representation gives an understanding that souls thirsting for living waters, can find the message of salvation here. Hearts tired of walking the desert away from God’s grace, will find rest and nourishment.
Early pastoral work of Apostle Naason
As part of the thirteenth stage of his universal tour, the Apostle of Jesus Christ Naason Joaquin Garcia toured, in the months of May and June 2018, the states of Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona, the latter being where he concluded his missionary tour on June 10 of that year.
María Elsa López Maldonado, chronicler of the Church, stated that for the Apostle of Jesus Christ Naason Joaquin Garcia, visiting Phoenix meant a reunion with the beginning of his ministerial experience, with the first church shepherd 25 years ago, and upon returning in 2018, he showed his satisfaction with their faithfulness, the entrenched sense of religious identity and the hard work of those he had known two decades before.
The chronicler emphasized that, during that tour, the Apostle of Jesus Christ visited the temples of Arizona testifying to the brothers, who for nearly 10 years continued to participate in the construction of the modern sanctuary built next to the old house of prayer.
From now on, the church has an emblematic building to celebrate its religious services. It will be a space to gather the faithful from cities such as Tucson, Avondale, Sunnyslope, Mesa, Show Low, Douglas, Lake Havasu and Yuma, where the church has been growing in recent years.