Grand Junction Temple Groundbreaking Takes Place

Grand Junction Temple Groundbreaking Takes Place

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Grand Junction Colorado Temple was held on a beautiful spring morning this weekend, on Saturday, April 16, 2022. Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong of the Quorum of the Seventy presided at the event and offered the dedicatory prayer. As has been the case with all recent groundbreaking ceremonies, it was still a small gathering due to COVID-19 restrictions. But of course it was still a very important day for the Latter-day Saints living in the area. This will be the third temple in Colorado, following the Denver Temple and the Fort Collins Temple.

“This is a day of dedication not only of this temple site, but for each of us in our individual lives,” said Elder Wong in the dedicatory prayer.

He continued, “Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. We are grateful for the Atonement of Thy Son Jesus Christ and the blessing of the promised Resurrection. As we dedicate this holy ground, we pray that we can maintain this positive spiritual momentum in our lives.

The Grand Junction 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 29,000 square feet in size, and will be built on a 6.94-acre site at the intersection of Horizon Drive and North 12th Street. Colorado is home to more than 150,000 Latter-day Saints in approximately 315 congregations, so what a blessing this new temple will be for them!

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.