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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held For McAllen Texas Temple

A rendering of the McAllen Texas Temple. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.)

MCALLEN, Texas — A small groundbreaking ceremony was held for the McAllen Texas Temple by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Attendance was limited Saturday because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Plans to build the temple were announced by President Russell M. Nelson during General Conference in October 2019.

The temple will be located on a 10.6-acre site located on the northwest corner of Second Street and Trenton Road in McAllen, a city less than 10 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.

“The McAllen Texas Temple will serve Latter-day Saints in McAllen, Corpus Christi and Laredo, as well as thousands of Church members in the northeastern Mexican states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon,” officials said in a news release.

Officials said the single-story building will stand at approximately 25,000 square feet.

A meetinghouse will also be built on the grounds.

The new temple will become the state’s 5th operating temple, including the Dallas, Houston, Lubbock and San Antonio Temples.

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