Church announces groundbreaking for temples in Lindon and New Mexico

Jan 31, 2022, 12:12 PM | Updated: 12:22 pm
Artist renderings of the Lindon Utah Temple (left) and Farmington New Mexico Temple (right). (The C...
Artist renderings of the Lindon Utah Temple (left) and Farmington New Mexico Temple (right). (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

SALT LAKE CITY — Groundbreaking dates have been announced for temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah County and New Mexico.

Church officials said ground will be broken for the Lindon Utah Temple on April 23 and for the Farmington New Mexico Temple on April 30.

The temples were announced by President Russell M. Nelson in October 2020 and April 2021, respectively. Attendance at both groundbreaking ceremonies will be by invitation only.

Lindon Utah Temple

Elder Kevin W. Pearson of the Quorum of the Seventy and Utah Area President will preside at the groundbreaking.

Church leaders announced in December that the Lindon Utah Temple will be built at a site near 800 East and Center Street.

Plans call for an 81,000-square-foot, three-story building at the site.

Utah has 28 temples announced, under construction, under renovation or in operation. Temples have been announced or are currently under construction in Ephraim, Heber Valley, Layton, Orem, St. George (Red Cliffs), Saratoga Springs, Smithfield, Syracuse, Taylorsville and Tooele (Deseret Peak).

Farmington New Mexico Temple

The Farmington New Mexico Temple will be built on a 6.62-acre site located at the intersection of College Boulevard and Windsor Drive. Officials said the single-story structure will be about 25,000 square feet and have a meetinghouse on-site.

This will be New Mexico’s second temple. The Albuquerque New Mexico Temple was dedicated in March 2000.

An artist’s rendering of the Farmington New Mexico Temple. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Latter-day Saints consider temples to be the “house of the Lord” and the most sacred places of worship on earth. Temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses (chapels). All are welcome to attend Sunday worship services and other weekday activities at local meetinghouses. The primary purpose of temples, however, is for faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ to participate in sacred ceremonies, such as marriages, which unite families forever, and proxy baptisms on behalf of deceased ancestors who did not have the opportunity to be baptized while living.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories


Erin Cox

Faith leaders: Abortion conversation has changed, not religious stances

KSL's Erin Cox spoke one-on-one with some of Utah's most influential faith leaders about how their stances on abortion have not changed, but the conversations surrounding them have.
5 days ago
(The Tabernacle Choir)...
Candice Madsen, KSL TV

Man behind Tabernacle Choir for 22 years retires

One of the great legends of The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square — Barry Anderson — is retiring.
6 days ago
Follow @
Josh Ellis

Church to reduce watering at temples, meetinghouses across West

Lawns and landscapes at some temples and meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may be allowed to brown and become dormant as the Church reduces watering across the American West.
7 days ago
Elder Francisco Rene Lamadrid, 22 (Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)...
Michael Houck, KSL TV

Missionary passes away in bicycle accident while in Mexico

A Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionary has passed away after a bicycle crash in Mexico City Friday.
11 days ago
Elder Quentin L. Cook and his wife, Mary, along with Elder Gary E. Stevenson and his wife, Lesa, at...
Michael Houck, KSL TV

Ground broken for the Smithfield Utah Temple

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has broken ground for their second temple in Cache County.
11 days ago
I AM The Journey...
Carlole Mikita, KSL TV

‘I AM: The Journey’ based on President Russell M. Nelson’s counsel opens Saturday

The Center for Latter-day Saint Arts is sponsoring an international production of “I AM: The Journey.” It’s a music, dance, and art production that was based on President Russell M. Nelson's counsel to 'root out racism.'
14 days ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Church announces groundbreaking for temples in Lindon and New Mexico