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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the location of the Tooele Valley Utah Temple.
Announced during this most recent General Conference by President Russell M. Nelson, the Tooele Valley Utah Temple will be located northwest of the intersection of Erda Way and Highway 36 in Erda, Utah. According to the Church Newsroom, plans call for a three-story temple of approximately 70,000 square feet. An adjacent 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse will also be built.
Further details of the design are still in development. Interior and exterior renderings will be made public at a later date. A groundbreaking date has not been set yet. Project leaders will begin working with city officials on preliminary plans for the temple, and they will start filing public documents in the coming months.
Utah currently has 17 operating temples. In addition to Tooele Valley, temples have also been announced in Layton, Saratoga Springs, and Washington County.
“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.”