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Ground has been broken in Tooele, Utah, for the Deseret Peak Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The sacred structure will be located about 30 minutes southwest of Salt Lake City.

Elder Brook P. Hales of the Quorum of the Seventy presided at the groundbreaking ceremony attended by a couple of hundred Latter-day Saint leaders and invited guests at the temple site on Saturday morning, May 15, 2021. 

“Help us that through the Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we might be prepared and worthy to enter Thy sacred house to receive the blessings of exaltation available for ourselves and for our ancestors,” said Elder Hales, who conducted the groundbreaking service and offered the dedicatory prayer.

“Please bless all that will live in this temple district that they will feel the godly power of this sacred edifice,” he said in the prayer.

The three-story temple will be approximately 70,000 square feet. A new 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse will also be built on the site, located at 2400 North 400 West.

“I have prayed that we would be able to have a temple in this valley, and I am so grateful to be able to be here as we break ground for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple,” said Tooele resident Dianne Rose during the ceremony.

“Remember the saying that …temples will dot the earth someday? It’s someday,” expressed Merna J. Dalton, a local Latter-day Saint.

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