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The following information comes from the Church Newsroom.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the location of the Moses Lake Washington Temple.

The temple was announced in April 2019 by Church President Russell M. Nelson. It will be built on a 17-acre site located on Yonezawa Boulevard between Division Street and Road K NE. Plans call for a single-story temple of approximately 20,000 square feet, with a center spire. An adjacent meetinghouse of approximately 17,000 square feet will also be built.

More detailed design plans for the temple are still being developed. Further information — including interior and exterior renderings — will be made public later. A groundbreaking date has not been set yet. Project leaders will soon start working with city officials on preliminary plans for the temple, and they will begin filing public documents in the coming months.

Washington currently has three operating temples in RichlandSeattle and Spokane.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.