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Ground has been broken on the Farmington New Mexico Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“We are grateful Thy temple will be built in this city where three rivers come together and leave as one,” said Elder Anthony D. Perkins of the Quorum of the Seventy who presided at the groundbreaking event.

“We pray that women, men, and youth of every race and ethnicity, every language, every political persuasion, and every walk of life will feel welcome to come up to worship in this holy place and depart in unity as covenant-keeping disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ,” said Elder Perkins in the dedicatory prayer.

About 500 Church leaders and invited guests gathered for the groundbreaking ceremonies in Farmington on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

Elder Perkins was joined by his wife, Christine; Elder Larry J. Echo Hawk, an Emeritus General Authority Seventy, and his wife, Teresa; Elder Tommy D. Haws, an Area Seventy, and his wife Eileen; as well as temple and mission leaders in New Mexico.

Elder Perkins and his wife grew up in the region. They met in Farmington, dated in high school and held their wedding reception in the city.

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