Elko Temple Groundbreaking Takes Place
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Elko Nevada Temple was held on a beautiful but windy spring morning yesterday, Saturday, May 7, 2022. Elder Paul B. Pieper, of the Quorum of the Seventy, presided at the event and offered the dedicatory prayer. This will be the third temple in Nevada, following the Las Vegas Temple and the Reno Temple.
“This temple will be God’s House… a bounteous mine of spiritual ‘gold’ that will truly enrich us, and we need not look anywhere else to find true and lasting peace, happiness, and fulfillment in our lives, our families, and our homes,” said Elder Pieper.
In the dedicatory prayer, he also said, “We are thankful for the blessing of a temple in Elko, and for the many faithful souls, past and present, who for many years have traveled great distances to other temples to receive sacred ordinances … and who have prayed for the day when a temple would be built in Elko.”
The Elko Temple was one of 20 new temples announced by President Nelson over a year ago during the April 2021 General Conference. The new temple will be among the smaller temples of the Church, at approximately 10,000 feet in size, and will be built on a 5.2-acre site next to the southeast corner of Ruby View Golf Course.
The temple will serve Latter-day Saints from northeastern Nevada and surrounding areas.
“As we watch this temple rise in the coming months, may we each reach out to God with a greater desire to know Him and love Him, and to know and love our neighbors,” said Elder Pieper.
Below are a few pictures from the event and the official rendering of the future temple, and we’ll add a video of the ceremony once it becomes available to the public.