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Church breaks ground on Williamette Valley Oregon Temple

Oct 31, 2022, 8:30 PM | Updated: Jan 4, 2023, 2:45 pm

Invited guests participate in the ground-breaking ceremony for the Williamette Valley Oregon Temple...

Invited guests participate in the ground-breaking ceremony for the Williamette Valley Oregon Temple on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. Photo credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broke ground Saturday on the Williamette Valley Oregon Temple.

It will be the third temple in the state of Oregon. The other two temples in the state are located in Medford and Portland.

Elder Valeri V. Cordón, a General Authority Seventy and first counselor in the North America West Area Presidency presided at the event, according to a church news release. 

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Exterior view of the Willamette Valley Oregon Temple will look like when it is completed. The groundbreaking ceremony for the temple was held Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. Photo credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“We acknowledge the first saints who came to this valley to live peacefully in their humble circumstances,” said Elder Cordón in a news release. “We are grateful for the faithful saints who live in this area for their sacrifice, devotion and obedience.” 

According to the news release, the temple is scheduled to be built on 10.5 acres of land in the city of Springfield, which is a suburb of Eugene. The single-story structure will be roughly 30,000 square feet.

The temple was announced in April 2021 by President Russell M. Nelson. 

On Monday, the First Presidency announced the locations of six previously announced temples. To read more, click here

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