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Ground was broken to mark the beginning of construction for the Montpelier Idaho Temple on Saturday, June 17, 2023. Elder Ryan K. Olsen, General Authority Seventy, spoke at the event.

“It is with deep gratitude and in humility that we assemble in this sacred place to prepare the ground and dedicate this site for the construction of the Montpelier Idaho Temple,” Elder Olsen said during the dedicatory prayer.

The groundbreaking ceremony featured speakers and a children’s choir assembled from local congregations. Though space was limited, over 600 people from the surrounding area attended. There are more than 15,000 Latter-day Saints in the proposed temple district.

Church President Russell M. Nelson announced the Montpelier Idaho Temple during the April 2022 general conference of the Church. The sacred two-story structure will be built on a 2.6-acre site and encompass about 27,000 square feet.

“We ask a special blessing on those who have gathered this day that they and their families will be given understanding and peace with confidence in Thy plan,” said Elder Olsen at the conclusion of the dedicatory prayer.

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