Groundbreaking plans are scheduled for the Helena Montana Temple, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced on Wednesday.
Elder Vern P. Stanfill of the Quorum of the Seventy will preside at the ceremony on June 26.
The event will be private and attendance will be by invitation only due to local COVID-19 guidelines. A broadcast link will be provided to those living within the temple district.
What is the temple’s history?
The Helena Montana Temple was among 20 new temples announced in April by President Russell M. Nelson at the end of the 191st Annual General Conference. The temple was also one of nine to be built in the western United States.
An artist’s rendering of the new temple was released just 16 days after it was announced.
What will the temple look like?
The single-story temple of approximately 10,000 square feet with a center spire will be one of the smallest in the church.
The Port Vila Vanuatu and Tarawa Kiribati temples will have approximately the same size and architecture.
The Taipei Taiwan Temple is 9,945 square feet, the Lima Peru Temple has 9,600 square feet and the Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico Temple is the smallest at 6,800 square feet.
Where will the temple be located?
Located in Montana’s capital city, the new temple will be built on a 4.8-acre site located at 1260 Otter Road. The temple site will be shared with a new meetinghouse.
Who will use the temple?
The Helena Montana Temple will be the state’s second temple. The Billings Montana Temple was dedicated in 1999.
There are more than 50,000 Latter-day Saints worshipping in 125 congregations in Montana, according to the church’s newsroom.
What is a Latter-day Saint temple?
Latter-day Saint temples differ from meetinghouses and chapels where Sunday worship services are held. According to the church’s newsroom:
Temples are considered ‘houses of the Lord,’ where Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. In the temple, church members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to follow Jesus Christ and serve their fellow man.