FAMILY

Ceremonial Temple groundbreaking Saturday in McAllen, Texas

Nov 21, 2020, 3:40 PM
Temple groundbreaking McAllen...
Latter-day Saints and invited guests listed to remarks made at the ceremonial groundbreaking of the McAllen Texas Temple groundbreaking ceremony on November 21, 2020. Photo credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

McALLEN, TX — A small gathering of people witnessed the ceremonial Temple groundbreaking on Saturday of the newest temple to be built by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ground was broken in McAllen, Texas, a small city only 10 miles from the Mexican border. 

Because of COVID-19 gathering restrictions, fewer than 30 people witnessed the turning of the ceremonial shovels. Regional Church leader, Elder Art Rascon, offered the dedicatory prayer.

“This day is the result of tremendous faith and many prayers by so many who have waited so long — perhaps even all their lives,” said Elder Art Rascon, an Area Seventy, during the groundbreaking ceremony.  “God bless you. Your faith and prayers have been recognized by the Lord.”

 

A rendering of the McAllen Texas Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

The Temple in McAllen will serve members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in that city as well as Corpus Christi, and Laredo.  A statement by Church officials said the McAllen Temple will also serve Church members in the northeastern Mexican states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon.

2020 a year of growth

By the end of 2020, Church officials will have begun constructing 20 new temples across the globe. The site in McAllen will be the fifth Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple built in Texas. Other locations are in Dallas, Houston, Lubbock, and San Antonio.

By the end of the year, some 20 new temples will have started rising in 2020.

The McAllen Temple site was announced by Church Prophet and President Russell M. Nelson in October, 2019, during general conference. 

According to a statement from the Church, “the ceremonies within each temple teach the purpose of life and unite families, past and present.

“As the central spire rises heavenward to this beautiful house of the Lord, might we as God’s children ever increase our faith and look to the heavens for wisdom and not to the ever-shifting values of the world,” Elder Rascon said.

“This temple will bring us closer to God.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Family

January 28 at Uta's Hogle Zoo is its Cats and Cocoa event, where families can learn more about the ...
Waverly Golden

Utah’s Hogle Zoo “Cats and Cocoa” event

January 28 at Uta's Hogle Zoo is its Cats and Cocoa event, where families can learn more about the endangered cats of the zoo.
3 days ago
A bill that would encourage Utah communities to bump Halloween festivities — like trick-or-treati...
Logan Stefanich

Utah resolution proposing Friday designation for Halloween celebrations advances

While the bill wouldn't change the date of Halloween itself, it would recognize a designated day for Halloween celebrations.
4 days ago
The bill, S.B. 117 Domestic Violence Amendments, would streamline domestic violence reports, placin...
Hugo Rikard-Bell

Domestic violence bill moves to full Utah Senate for vote

S.B. 117 streamlines domestic violence reports, placing them all into one database. Then, Police can access this information before heading to a scene of reported domestic violence.
5 days ago
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Monday plans to r...
Mark Jones

Church announces Anchorage Alaska Temple reconstruction

Reconstruction of the Anchorage Alaska Temple was announced Monday by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
7 days ago
This July 20, 1969 photo made available by NASA shows pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin in the Apollo 11 Lu...
Raja Razek and Zoe Sottile, CNN

Retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin marries ‘longtime love’ on his 93rd birthday

Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, the second person to ever set foot on the moon in 1969, married his "longtime love" on his 93rd birthday on Friday.
9 days ago
A new report shows that Utah businesses are losing over $1 billion a year because employees have to...
Samantha Herrera

Utah businesses lose billions annually because of childcare issues

The report found that a big part of those losses comes from employee absences and turnover.
11 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...
Macey's

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Ceremonial Temple groundbreaking Saturday in McAllen, Texas