Knoxville Temple Groundbreaking Takes Place
A wonderful groundbreaking ceremony for the Knoxville Tennessee Temple was held last weekend, on Saturday, January 27, 2024. Elder Shayne M. Bowen, First Counselor in the North American Southeast Area Presidency, presided at the ceremony and offered the dedicatory prayer.
During the dedicatory prayer, Elder Bowen expressed gratitude for Jesus Christ and the plan of salvation. “We are eternally grateful that through Thy plan of salvation and exaltation, with Jesus Christ at the center of Thy plan, each one of us has a clear path through Thy temples, to come home, back into Thy presence,” he prayed.
Elder Bowen also expressed gratitude for this latest house of the Lord in Tennessee.
“Father, this groundbreaking, in preparation for Thy holy temple, has been the hope and the desire of Thy Saints in this part of the vineyard for many years,” he added, recognizing members of the Church in Knoxville who have long waited for a house of the Lord in their community.
The Knoxville Temple was one of 17 new temples announced nearly two years ago by President Nelson during the April 2022 General Conference. The temple will be among the mid-sized temples of the Church, at around 30,000 square feet, and will be located at 13001 Kington Pike in Farragut, Tennessee. Once the construction of the new temple is complete, it will be the third temple in the state of Tennessee, following the Memphis Temple and the Nashville Temple. These three temples will server more than 57,000 Latter-day Saints in the state.
We’re excited to watch the progress that will now be made on the construction of this beautiful temple! It will be a blessed time for the Latter-day Saints in the area of the new temple!