Tallahassee Temple Groundbreaking Takes Place
A wonderful groundbreaking ceremony for the Tallahassee Florida Temple was held yesterday, Saturday, June 5, 2021. Elder James B. Martino, North America Southeast Area President, presided at the event and offered the dedicatory prayer. He was also assisted by local Church leader Elder Victor P. Patrick, Area Seventy. Once again, it was a small gathering due to COVID-19 restrictions, but still an important event for the Latter-day Saints living in the area. While this will be the third temple in Florida, it’s the first in the northern part of the state.
The Tallahassee Temple was announced by President Nelson during the April 2020 General Conference. It will be among the smaller temples of the Church, at around 29,000 square feet, and will be located on a 4.97-acre site adjacent to a Church meetinghouse off Thomasville Road (2440 Papillion Way) in northeast Tallahassee.
Currently members most often travel to Orlando for temple blessings. And Elder Martino added, “With the announcement of the temple in Tallahassee, we, with hearts full of gratitude, look forward to further becoming a gospel sharing and temple going people.”
Several community leaders also attended the ceremony, including Ron Cave with the Leon County Sheriff’s office, Courtney Thomas with the Tallahassee Mayor’s office, and Enrique Yañez, a member of the Hispanic faith community.
We’re so excited to see the work begin on this beautiful temple, with a wonderful backdrop of evergreen trees! We love the design and architecture of this temple, and of course it will be a wonderful blessing those in the area. We’ll post construction updates from time to time along the way, so be sure to check back.
Below is a video of the entire groundbreaking ceremony, a few pictures from the event, and the original artist rendering of the future temple.