LDS Church breaks ground on their first temple in Wyoming

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STAR VALLEY, Wyo. — Leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered with community leaders and others in Star Valley, Wyoming Saturday to break ground on the LDS Church’s first temple in Wyoming.

The ceremony was presided over by Elder Craig C. Christensen of the LDS Church’s Presidency of the Seventy, and he was joined by Elder Kent F. Richards, who is a member of the Quorum of the Seventy and the executive director of the LDS Church’s Temple Department.

The event was also attended by community and civic leaders, according to a press release from the LDS Church.

“There couldn’t be a more appropriate place for a house of God,”  Elder Christensen stated in the press release. “The temple is a gift of God. It is to the great heritage that is here… It links generations together. The temple will become a landmark, a sacred place for this valley for years to come.”

The Star Valley Wyoming Temple will be constructed east of U.S. Highway 89 on the Haderlie Farm property, which is south of Afton.

“It’s quite an honor for a little community like Star Valley to have a temple,” stated Stephen Campbell from Auburn, Wyoming, in the press release.

Campbell’s great great grandfather was one of the original settlers of Star Valley.

Lawanna Campbell stated, “It’s very exciting and satisfying… Many people from Star Valley travel great distances to work and serve in the temple, sacrificing time and resources.”

The temple was announced in October 2011 by LDS Church President Thomas Monson. Once construction begins, the project will take about two years to complete. The press release included the following general information about LDS Church temples:

“To members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, temples are the “house of the Lord,” the most sacred places on earth. Unlike meetinghouses, where Sabbath worship and weekly activities take place, temples are open throughout the week and closed on Sundays.

Temple services bind families together forever, teach the purpose of life and explain God’s plan of salvation. Temple attendance emphasizes personal spiritual growth and strengthens Latter-day Saints’ commitment to follow the example of Jesus Christ.

There are currently 173 temples throughout the world either in operation, under construction or announced. Five are being renovated.”


  • Destiny Bradford

    I wish people would read the Bible there is no need for a temple or creepy ceremonies. The reason for the temple in the old testament was because the people needed someone to intercede for them with God, they couldn’t approach Him directly because of sin. When Jesus died on the cross He fulfilled the laws of the old testament and He is now the priest that intercedes on behalf of people. When Jesus died the temple veil was torn in half signifying this, if He wanted temples He wouldn’t have destroyed His own. Please read the Bible, there are so many discrepancies between Mormonism and true Christianity.


      In His day people made the same claims as you Destiny Bradford. They even took it one step further, rejected His message, and hung Him on a cross.


        In His day, DESTINY BRADFORD, His Word was supported by the Old Testament Prophets like Abraham and Isaiah. The folks that hung Him on a cross claimed belief in God but couldn’t recognize His Son. Now do you get the picture?
        In His day, Destiny, you’d have behaved just as they did.

      • Destiny

        Do you not read the New Testament? Many times Jesus says that if the people believed Abraham and the prophets they would believe in Him because they prophesied about Him. So no if I was back in that day and followed the Bible I would have been a follower of Jesus because the Bible speaks of Him all the way through, from the Old Testament through to the New Testament. Your point is still invalid. Don’t reply till you have something to back up your argument.

    • SwimLaw

      There is no evidence that the early Christian apostles abandoned the use of the temple. Indeed, they embraced it, and continued to use it for the appearance of the Risen Lord, and the receipt of prophetic calls.

      It is not surprising that Christians have since down-played the importance of the temple, since most do not have one. No one would want to admit they are missing an important part of the gospel. But, if Paul and other apostles valued and honored the temple, why do critics attack the Latter-day Saints for doing the same?

      • Destiny

        Where are you getting your information from? Yes the Bible does have Paul visiting the Temple but if you read the purpose he was using it as a pulpit to witness to Jews not as a place he HAD to go to experience God. Regardless of what the early church did it doesn’t matter they are just people who are fallible, what matters is what the Bible says and what the Bible says is that Jesus is now the High Priest who intercedes for His people. The Bible says that Jesus is the last Priest to hold the Melchizedek Priesthood, so it is now impossible for your people in the temple to pick that priesthood back up. The Bible also says the temple Veil was ripped in two, a symbol we no longer need a human priest to intercede on behalf of us with God. There are so many other arguments proving a Temple nowadays is an affront to God. But I encourage you on your own to search them out in the Bible. God says to search His word and I don’t think His heart is for anyone to believe something blindly.

  • miles (dave)

    checking to see if posts work. man there are a lot of words that if you use them your post dose not stick

  • miles (dave)

    as a christian that has lived here in utah for a lot of my adult life and having a lot of my friends being mormons i can tell you that i love and respect them, i have no quarrels with anything of there doctrine, most of them are great at answering questions about there doctrine even about there temples, they are friendly (id imagine some are not but ive never met any that were mean and i knew they were mormon), i do miss some of the more social christians back in the south but the mormons and other christians here arent bad they just arent as social but when they are they are great, i went into there temple they built a little while ago (when it was open to the public, and i thought it was a great embodiment of there love, respect and understanding of the beauty of our savior (it certainly didnt feel creepy), most of them have pictures of our savior in there houses, and there holsem family lives are centered in a savior centered home.

    and i hate it when i here other christians talking bad about any one elses faith christian or not because if we do that we certainly are not loving our neighbors, its not ok its not right and its not good to treat others who believe in our savior (or anyone for that matter) that way ESPECIALLY OTHER CHRISTIANS. if you are concerned about any of them then go and teach them the word and help them by bringing them back unto the fold. but when we talk bad about anyone that just pushes them away from us and away from our savior.

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