Moses Lake Temple Groundbreaking Takes Place

Moses Lake Temple Groundbreaking Takes Place

A windy groundbreaking ceremony for the Moses Lake Washington Temple was held this last weekend, on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Elder David L. Stapleton, an Area Seventy, presided over the ceremony and offered the dedicatory prayer. It was a small gathering due to COVID-19 restrictions, but still a wonderful and important one for the Latter-day Saints living in the area.

In the dedicatory prayer, Elder Stapleton prayed, “Please help us as we not only dedicate this ground but also rededicate our lives to Thee and Thy purposes when this new temple will be completed in all its beauty.” He also invoked “a blessing upon the families of this temple district, that they will raise their children in righteousness and truth, coming frequently to this holy House for divine power and revelation.”

The Moses Lake Temple was announced by President Nelson during the April 2019 General Conference. The temple will be among the mid-sized temples of the Church, at around 20,000 square feet, and will be located on Yonezawa Boulevard, between Division Street and Road K NE. It will be the fourth temple in Washington, following the Seattle, Spokane, and Columbia River temples. There will also be a new meetinghouse built adjacent to the temple.

We’re excited to watch the progress that will now be made on the construction of this beautiful temple! We’ll post construction updates from time to time along the way, so be sure to check back. It will be a blessed time for the Latter-day Saints in the area of the new temple!

Below is the video of the entire groundbreaking ceremony, as well as the original artist rendering of the future temple.