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A small group of Latter-day Saint leaders gathered to break ground for the Moses Lake Washington Temple on a windy Saturday afternoon, October 10, 2020.

Elder David L. Stapleton, an Area Seventy, presided over the ceremony and offered the dedicatory prayer. “Please help us as we not only dedicate this ground but also rededicate our lives to Thee and Thy purposes when this new temple will be completed in all its beauty,” he said.

Because of local government’s social distancing guidelines, attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony was limited.

Elder Stapleton was joined by his wife, Barb, along with groundbreaking coordinators Steve and Barbara Jorgensen. The Jorgensen’s gave remarks at the ceremony.

The event marked the beginning of the construction of a single-story building, approximately 20,000 square feet with a center spire. A 17,000-square-foot meetinghouse will be built alongside the temple.

The Moses Lake Washington Temple will sit on a 17-acre site located on Yonezawa Boulevard, between Division Street and Road K NE.

During the dedicatory prayer, Elder Stapleton invoked “a blessing upon the families of this temple district, that they will raise their children in righteousness and truth, coming frequently to this holy House for divine power and revelation.”

President Russell M. Nelson announced the Moses Lake Temple during the April 2019 general conference.

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