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Members and officials of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints break ground for new temple

Published: Oct. 11, 2021 at 5:27 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Members and officials of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held a ceremony then broke ground at the temple site located at the corner of Southwest Wyoming Boulevard and Eagle Drive.

This is a sacred building for these congregation members. Elder S. Gifford Nielsen, the President of the North America Central Area and Member of the Quorum of the Seventy, said this building means a lot to their members.

“It’s a very sacred place for us and as we start the construction of this temple we know great spiritual blessings will come to all [church] members and members of the community,” Nielsen said.

Members at this ceremony shared how long they’ve wanted a temple in their community and how they have driven long distances to get to temples in Utah and Colorado. Nielsen said members learn about their ancestors in the temple. “The more people connect with their ancestors the more understanding of how we got here and our purpose in life,” Nielsen said.

Marriage ceremonies are a ritual done in the temples. “As these couples will go to be married the person performing the marriage will say we seal you together for time and all eternity. It’s not until death does you part,” Nielsen said.

Construction will take about 18 months and after its complete community members can come to an open house and see the inside. “We invite everyone to come and see the beauty of it and experience the peace in the house of the Lord,” Nielsen said.

There will be a dedication ceremony then only members in good standing can go inside.

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