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Groundbreaking ceremonies have been held for the Grand Junction Colorado Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, signaling the beginning of construction of the sacred structure.

Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong of the Quorum of the Seventy presided at the event, held on Saturday, April 16, 2022. Elder Wong serves as first counselor in the North America Central Area Presidency.

“This is a day of dedication not only of this temple site, but for each of us in our individual lives,” said Elder Wong in the dedicatory prayer.

He continued, “Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. We are grateful for the Atonement of Thy Son Jesus Christ and the blessing of the promised Resurrection. As we dedicate this holy ground, we pray that we can maintain this positive spiritual momentum in our lives.

The temple in Colorado’s Western Slope region will be located on a 6.94-acre site at the intersection of Horizon Drive and North 12th Street. The single-story structure will be about 29,000 square feet in size.

With a population of about 65,000 people, Grand Junction is the largest city in far Western Colorado and is where the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers converge.

The Grand Junction Colorado Temple will be the third temple in the state, following the Denver and Fort Collins temples. Colorado is home to nearly 150,000 Latter-day Saints in approximately 315 congregations.

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