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How the LDS Temple will benefit the Mini-Cassia area economy

Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 5:56 PM MDT
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BURLEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Early in April, the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints announced plans to build a temple in Burley.

While the new temple will take a little while to come together, the impact on the local economy and businesses will be felt for years to come.

“I’m just excited for it,” said Tracy Morey, the owner of Morey’s Steakhouse in Burley.

Morey says the temple will encourage more people to visit the Burley area, which is never a bad thing.

“I think it’ll be a great thing for the area, businesses in all aspects will benefit from it, there will be people traveling through and it will be a great impact to the area,” said Morey.

Morey says serving people from out of town is one of the best parts of owning a restaurant.

“I generally walk around and talk to most of the tables that come through, and we had a table here from Germany last night, they were doing the national park tour,” said Morey.

Penne Main with the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce says she is looking forward to seeing how one structure can have an effect on the entire area.

“I think overall it just makes a great statement about how much they value this area, and to make this kind of commitment is a big decision for the Mormon church to make, and long term it will benefit us in so many different directions,” said Penne Main with the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce.

Although the new temple will not be complete for a while, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints says this will be a great asset for the community and its members.

“We cannot express adequately in words how blessed the members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Mini-Cassia area feel to have a temple so conveniently close. This temple will bless this community greatly whether you are a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or not,” they said in a statement.

Statewide the LDS Church has more than 460,000 members and around 1,200 congregations.

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