The official founder of Cardston is Charles Ora Card, after whom the town is named. Cardston is situated in the low foothills of southwest Alberta, approximately 25 km (15.53 mi) north from the American state of Montana. Only 40 km (24.85 mi) to the west of Cardston are the Rocky Mountains of Waterton Lakes National Park.
Alberta has 77,987 members, 2 missions, 208 wards and branches, 3 temples and 36 Family History Centers.
Cardston’s settlers, LDS pioneers, spent ten years constructing the palatial structure while they themselves lived in crude log houses and suffered abject poverty. The temple, finally finished in 1923, stands as a testament to their faith—and their engineering. The first LDS temple built outside the United States, its clear geometry and strong lines echo the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.