The public is invited to tour the first temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Connecticut, the Constitution State. The Hartford Connecticut Temple will be open for a free public open house from Friday, September 30 to Saturday, October 22, 2016, excluding October 1 and Sundays. The public can make reservations at templeopenhouse.lds.org.
The temple is located at 2 Central Way in Farmington, on the corner of Route 4 and Melrose Drive. Tours will consist of a 10-minute video presentation followed by a 40-minute walking tour through the temple.
Following the public open house, the temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, November 20. The dedication will be preceded by a cultural celebration featuring music and dance by the local youth of the Church, to be held on the evening of Saturday, November 19, at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford.
The Hartford Connecticut Temple is the 155th temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the world. It will serve nearly 27,000 Church members in Connecticut, western Rhode Island, western Massachusetts and eastern New York.
A Mormon temple was originally proposed for Hartford in 1992, but this plan was postponed when a suitable site could not be found. In October 2010, Church President Thomas S. Monson announced that a temple would now be built in the area. Construction began with a formal groundbreaking on August 17, 2013.
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