Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined with community leaders in Star Valley, Wyoming, on Saturday, April 25, 2015, to break ground for the first temple in Wyoming.
Elder Craig C. Christensen of the Presidency of the Seventy presided at the ceremony. He was joined by Elder Kent F. Richards of the Seventy and executive director of the Church’s Temple Department. Several community and civic leaders also attended.
There couldn’t be a more appropriate place for a house of God,” said Elder Christensen. “The temple is a gift of God. It is to the great heritage that is here… It links generations together. The temple will become a landmark, a sacred place for this valley for years to come.”
Elder Richards added “[The temple] isn’t a monument to the past; it is a new beginning. It is a beginning of faith and courage of your generation and your children and your future. Everything we do is to prepare ourselves for the temple.”
The Star Valley Wyoming Temple will be constructed east of U.S. Highway 89 on the Haderlie Farm property south of Afton.