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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced today that the Saratoga Springs Temple groundbreaking will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Attendance at this ceremony is by invitation only, with the public living in the general area invited to view the proceedings live from local meetinghouses. Elder Craig C. Christensen, Utah Area President, will preside over the event.

The temple, which was announced in April 2017 by then-Church President Thomas S. Monson, will be located in the new Beacon Pointe subdivision, west of Redwood Road and north of Meadow Side Drive. Plans call for a three-story temple of approximately 87,000 square feet. An adjacent 21,000-square-foot meetinghouse will also be built.

Latter-day Saint temples differ from the meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. A temple is considered a “house of the Lord” where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through marriagebaptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. Inside, members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to serve Jesus Christ and their fellow man.