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Ground was broken Saturday for the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple in northern Utah County, about 40 minutes south of downtown Salt Lake City. Elder Craig C. Christensen, Utah area president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presided over the event, with members of the Area Presidency attending.
Latter-day Saint and community leaders, along with local clergy, attended the October 19, 2019, traditional ceremony. Guests were invited to turn over a spade of dirt using ceremonial shovels. The event marks the beginning of construction of the three-story, approximately 87,000-square-foot temple. The public living in the general area watched the proceedings live from local meetinghouses.
Elder Christensen expressed the love of President Russell M. Nelson and the senior leaders of Church when he said, “We are gathered here under their direction.”
About a month ago, the Utah area president said he walked the temple site. “After I had absorbed the prominence of this particular setting, I started to picture in my mind’s eye the construction of the temple over the coming months.”
Then, Elder Christensen said, something more important occurred: “I started to think about what will take place within the walls of the temple once it is completed and dedicated, the sacred ordinances and covenants that will be administered here. I realized, in a more profound way, how this particular temple will bless many individuals and families, including your children, your marriages, your families, and, especially, many of your ancestors.”
Elder Christensen continued, “This is the place where your children and families will be protected from the evils that are ever present in the world today, and to make sacred covenants with the Lord.”
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