The Phoenix temple was announced in 2008 prior to Devin and I coming to Arizona for podiatry school (2009). I remember when we got here thinking it would be built quickly because they did a bunch of ward building shuffling soon after we got here due to the building next to the temple lot now being unavailable during construction.
Work did not end up starting for 2 years. (Every temple trip during our time in school here ended up being to the Mesa temple.) Abby and I actually used to run right by the temple lot space while training for our marathon. I remember when they finally put up the construction fence thinking we might see it finished. They broke ground in June 2011, but work was slow. We moved while it was in the initial phases of construction.
Now, back in Arizona for residency, we have watched the work on the temple be completed. 3.5 years later we got to see the finished product! It is beautiful! I am so glad we were here to see it. The open house has been going on all month, and the temple dedication is this Sunday.
The Phoenix temple is the 5th temple in Arizona, and (I think) will be the 144th operating temple world-wide. Pretty neat to a part of it!
(bus ride over to the parking lot)