The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released video and images on Saturday of a small groundbreaking ceremony held for the Layton Utah Temple last week.
“A small handful of members” participated in the May 23 event, which was “limited in size because of COVID-19 precautions,” according to a news release.
“The Layton Temple will be a large and beautiful temple,” said Utah Area President Elder Craig C. Christensen during the groundbreaking. “Like every temple, it is the product of the faith of Latter-day Saints who live in this area and around the world. It reflects our faith in Heavenly Father’s great plan of happiness, and in his Son Jesus Christ, including his Atonement and Resurrection.”
President Russell M. Nelson announced plans for a temple in Layton, Utah, during the faith’s general conference in April 2018. The site at the corner of Oak Hills Drive and Rosewood Lane was announced in July 2019, and renderings for the temple, a three-story, 87,000-square-foot structure, were released by the church in October 2019.
Elder Walter F. González of the Utah Area Presidency also spoke at the groundbreaking. Elder Randy D. Funk, first counselor in the Utah Area Presidency, gave the dedicatory prayer.
Worldwide, there are currently 161 Latter-day Saint temples with 16 under construction, seven under renovation and 40 announced.