Teton River Temple & Cleveland Temple Groundbreakings Take Place

Teton River Temple & Cleveland Temple Groundbreakings Take Place

The groundbreaking ceremonies for both the Teton River Idaho Temple and the Cleveland Ohio Temple were held this past weekend, on Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Teton River Idaho Temple

Elder Ricardo P. Giménez, Second Counselor in the North America Central Area Presidency, presided at the groundbreaking ceremony in the northern Rexburg. The Teton River Idaho Temple, formerly the Rexburg North Temple, will be one of eight temples that are in operation, under construction, or have been announced to be built in the state of Idaho.

During the dedicatory prayer, Elder Giménez expressed gratitude for Jesus Christ. “Our hearts are filled with joy and reverence as we gather to commemorate the monumental occasion of a second temple being erected in the special land of Rexburg, Idaho,” he said. “Help us remember what we felt on this day and strive to become lifelong disciples of Thy Son, our Savior and Redeemer, even Jesus Christ.”

Elder Giménez recalled a recent reminder by President Nelson, that “whenever any kind of upheaval occurs in our life, the safest place to be spiritually is living inside our temple covenants!” May we “be able to stand strong and secure because our spiritual foundation is solid and immovable,” Elder Giménez added.

The Teton River Temple was one of 13 new temples announced by President Nelson during the October 2021 General Conference. It will be a beautiful and large three-story temple of approximately 130,000 square feet. It will be a very large temple, especially considering its proximity to the Rexburg Temple! The new temple’s site is located northwest of Second East 2000 North in Rexburg, Idaho.

Cleveland Ohio Temple

Elder Vaiangina Sikahema, First Counselor in the North America Northeast Area Presidency, presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Cleveland Ohio Temple – the second temple in Ohio following the Columbus Temple, along with a third temple that has been announced to be build in Cincinnati. And of course, Ohio is also home to the recently-acquired historic Kirtland Temple.

During the dedicatory prayer, Elder Sikahema expressed gratitude for the early Latter-day Saints who gathered in Kirtland when the Church was “in its fledgling infancy” and “not yet a year old.”

“Holy Father, we stand here now nearly two centuries from those difficult days, blessed because Thy people followed the Prophet Joseph to this great land of Ohio.”

Early Latter-day Saints gathered in Ohio and built the Kirtland Temple, which is now a State Historical Site that is open for public tours.

Referring to Ohio as “a special place in the history of Thy restored gospel,” Elder Sikahema prayed for members of the Cleveland Ohio Temple district, to be blessed and “endowed with power from on high.”

The Cleveland Temple was one of the 17 new temples announced by President Nelson during the April 2022 General Conference. Unlike the Teton River Temple above, the Cleveland Temple will be very small, at about 9,000 square feet, but what truly matters is the work that is done inside the temple. It will be located at Brecksville Rd., south of Longano Dr. in the city of Independence, Ohio.