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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has filed preliminary plans with Henrico County, Virginia, for construction of a new temple.

The temple, which was announced in April 2018 by Church President Russell M. Nelson, will be located at 10915 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen, Virginia. Current plans call for a two-story building of just over 36,000 square feet. An adjacent 16,000-square-foot meetinghouse will also be built. The preliminary plans primarily deal with questions related to utilities, sewer, storm drain, streets and other site-related issues.

Design plans for the temple are still being developed. Further information — including interior and exterior renderings — will be made public later.

This temple, which will be the first in Virginia, will become an important part of the lives of Latter-day Saints in Virginia and surrounding areas as well as for the community at large.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints consider temples to be the “house of the Lord,” the most sacred places on earth. Unlike meetinghouses, where Sabbath worship and weekly activities take place, temples are open throughout the week and closed on Sundays.