Farmington Temple Groundbreaking Takes Place
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Farmington New Mexico Temple was held on a beautiful spring morning yesterday, Saturday, April 30, 2022. Elder Anthony D. Perkins of the Quorum of the Seventy presided at the event and offered the dedicatory prayer. About 500 Church leaders and invited guests gathered for the groundbreaking event. This will be the second temple in New Mexico, following the Albuquerque Temple that was dedicated in 2000.
“We are grateful Thy temple will be built in this city where three rivers come together and leave as one,” said Elder Perkins during the dedicatory prayer. “We pray that women, men, and youth of every race and ethnicity, every language, every political persuasion, and every walk of life will feel welcome to come up to worship in this holy place and depart in unity as covenant-keeping disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
The Farmington Temple was one of 20 new temples announced by President Nelson a year ago during the April 2021 General Conference. The temple will be approximately 25,000 feet in size, and will be built on a 6.62-acre site located at the intersection of College Boulevard and Windsor Drive. A new meetinghouse will also be built on the same site.
The temple will serve Latter-day Saints from the Four Corners region of the Southwestern United States, including parts of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and the Navajo Nation.
“We pray, Father, that this temple will be a blessing to this community, a beacon of hope shining in dark days that Thou art mindful of Thy children and that peace can be found in Christ,” said Elder Perkins.
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.