Pittsburgh Temple Groundbreaking Takes Place

Pittsburgh Temple Groundbreaking Takes Place

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple was held on a beautiful summer morning yesterday, Saturday, August 21, 2021. Elder Randall K. Bennett, 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’s importance for the Latter-day Saints living in the area was no less. This will be the second temple in Pennsylvania, following the Philadelphia Temple.

“Brothers and sisters, I know you will make this temple, and more importantly Jesus Christ, the center of your lives,” said Elder Bennett. “Thank you for your examples of faith and diligence, hope [and] love.”

“I pray that this will be the first temple district full of members, or among the first, where attendance will be virtually standing room only,” Elder Bennett continued. “So this temple is filled with faithful Latter-day Saints serving their ancestors, serving one another.”

In the dedicatory prayer, Elder Bennett offered thanks to the Lord for “[His] love and for the atoning sacrifice of [His] beloved son, our Savior Jesus Christ.”

“Please let today’s groundbreaking also be a day of emotional and spiritual building in our own lives and families, said Elder Bennett. “Please bless us and our families with a refreshed commitment and enthusiasm for fully living thy gospel.”

The Pittsburgh Temple was announced by President Nelson during the April 2020 General Conference. The temple will be approximately 32,000 square feet, and will be located on a 5.8-acre site located at 2093 Powell Road in Pennsylvania’s Cranberry Township. Pennsylvania is home to more than 52,000 Latter-day Saints in more than 105 congregations, so what a blessing this new temple will be for them!

We’re excited to see the work begin on this beautiful temple! We’ll post construction updates from time to time along the way, so be sure to check back.

Below is a video of the groundbreaking ceremony, as well as a few pictures from the event and the official rendering of the future temple.