Red Cliffs Temple & Bentonville Temple Groundbreakings Take Place
Red Cliffs Utah Temple
Quite a windy groundbreaking ceremony for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple was held this morning, Saturday, November 7, 2020. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a native of St. George, Utah, presided at the temple groundbreaking and offered the dedicatory prayer. He was joined by his wife, Patricia, his son, Elder Matthew S. Holland, General Authority Seventy, Elder Craig C. Christensen, Utah Area President, and other local guests. The event was held for a limited number of guests due to Covid-19 restrictions at this time.
“It is a privilege and delight to be with you today,” said Elder Holland.” Surely you can imagine some of the emotions Pat and I feel as we get older and more nostalgic, with fewer and fewer trips to this land of our childhood.”
“May the breaking of this soil and the development of this site not only be evidence of the dedication of a parcel of land, but may it also mark a rededication of our personal lives,” prayed Elder Holland.
The Red Cliffs Temple was announced during the October 2018 General Conference by President Nelson. The temple will be among the larger temples of the Church, at around 90,000 square feet and three stories tall. It will be located on a 14-acre site northeast of 3000 East 1580 South in St. George. Of course this is the second temple in St. George, but there is obviously a need in the area, especially with the ever-expanding section of the eastern part of the city.
We’re excited to see the progress that will start being made on the construction of this new temple! We’ll post construction updates from time to time along the way, so be sure to check back.
A video of the groundbreaking will be made available next week, so we’ll post that as soon as it’s ready. And below are a couple of pictures (also the feature image and rendering above) from the event, as well as the original artist rendering of the future temple.
Bentonville Arkansas Temple
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Bentonville Arkansas Temple was also held today, Saturday, November 7, 2020. This will be a wonderful blessing for the Latter-day Saints in the area, as this will be the first temple in Arkansas. Elder David A. Bednar presided over the groundbreaking ceremony remotely, as well as offered the dedicatory prayer. This was done remotely with a limited number of local Church leaders and invited guests because of COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. The event was held for the limited number of guests in a chapel next to the new temple ground.
“This is a moment that for most of my life, I never could have imagined would occur. Even in this moment, I find it hard to believe what we’re celebrating and the service that we’re participating in today. And it’s also a moment that I wish would never end,” said Elder Bednar.
Elder Bednar, a former University of Arkansas professor, helped organize two stakes in Arkansas, including the Bentonville Arkansas Stake. He and his wife, Susan, spent 14 years in Fayetteville, a city around 30 miles south of Bentonville.
The Bentonville Temple was announced during the October 2019 General Conference by President Nelson. The temple will be among the mid-sized temples of the Church, at around 25,000 square feet, and will be located on nearly nine acres of land located at 1101 McCollum Road. Until the new temple is finished, around 32,000 members in the state currently travel to other states to attend the temple. The Bentonville Temple will save them many hours of travel each time they visit the temple.
A video of the groundbreaking will be made available next week, and we’ll post it when it’s ready. Below are also a couple of pictures from the event, and the original artist rendering of the future temple is above.
We’re so excited to see the work that will begin on these two new temples! We’ll post construction updates from time to time along the way, so be sure to check back.
And as always, details for the open houses and temple dedication dates for these two temples will be announced at a future time.