(KMVT/KSVT) — Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined with community and interfaith leaders in southeastern Idaho Saturday morning for the official groundbreaking ceremony of the Pocatello Idaho Temple.
Members of other faiths were invited to attend the ceremony, including Pastor Jacqualine Theresa Thomas of Praise Temple of God in Pocatello and Mohammed Safdar of the Islamic Society of Southeast Idaho. The general public could view the ceremony live from area meetinghouses. Attendance at this ceremony was by invitation only.
"It's very much appreciated by us to see these representatives of other faiths here," said Elder Wilford W. Andersen, of the church’s Quorum of Seventy, in a press release. "We see that wherever a temple is built and dedicated, the faith of the Saints increases, their attendance increases, they become better neighbors, they become better members."
According to information on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints newsroom page, the temple will be located east of Satterfield Drive and Butte Street in Pocatello in a new subdivision known as Crestview Estates – Division 2.
An artist rendering of the temple features a three-story, 67,696-square-foot temple with a center spire. Construction on the temple is expected to take between two and three years to complete.
The Pocatello temple will be the church’s sixth temple in Idaho and is expected to serve more than 64,000 Latter-day Saints from southeastern Idaho.
The information on the newsroom page, says the church currently has 162 operating temples worldwide, with another 40 announced or under construction