On Saturday April 25, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broke ground for the first temple in Wyoming.
“There couldn’t be a more appropriate place for a House of God,” said Elder Craig C. Christensen, who presided at the ceremony. “The temple is a gift of God. It is to the great heritage that is here… It links generations together. The temple will become a landmark, a sacred place for this valley for years to come.”
The temple was announced during the October 2011 General Conference.
After construction begins, it will take about two years to complete before the open house and dedication.
“It’s quite an honor for a little community like Star Valley to have a temple,” remarked Stephen Campbell from Auburn, Wyoming. His great-great grandfather was one of the original settlers of Star Valley.
Elder Moses Thatcher of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles prophesied that a temple would be built in Star Valley, Wyoming in the 1890s, according to LDS Church Temples.
Thatcher’s prophesy included a description of the benches in the temple. “A fine tract of bench land on the eastern portion of Afton will afford a beautiful site for a Temple hereafter to be built, as per prophesy of Elder Moses Thatcher. This bench lies at the mouth of Swift Creek canyon, from whence flows a large stream of pure water, flanked on either side by a park of beautiful swamp pines, many of which are more than 100 feet high.”
There are currently 173 temples throughout the world either in operation, under construction or announced. Five are being renovated, according to Mormon Newsroom.