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Fort Collins Colorado Temple
That there would be a new Mormon temple built in Fort Collins, Colorado, was announced at the semi-annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2011, by President and Prophet Thomas S. Monson. The temple will be from 24,000 to 28,000 square feet and is expected to be similare in design to the Newport Beach California Temple.
The location for the temple was announced on July 8, 2011. The temple will be situated on the southeast corner of the Trilby Road and Timberline Road intersection. There is a large LDS Chapel across the street.
President Russell McClure of the Fort Collins Colorado Stake said,
- “We appreciate the many people from Fort Collins who have worked with us during the site selection process. We feel this new temple will be a great asset not only to members of the Church in Colorado and the region but also to the people of Fort Collins, who will benefit from the peace and beauty a temple brings.”
Construction of the Fort Collins Temple is set to begin in the next few months and should be completed within two years.
The first Mormon congregation in Colorado was organized in Manassa in February 1883. Now the state is home to approximately 140,000 Mormons. The Fort Collins Temple will be the second Mormon Temple in the state (the Denver Temple has been operating since 1986). The Fort Collins Temple will serve members in northern Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska who currently travel to Denver, Colorado, and Billings, Montana, to enjoy temple worship.
Progress and Updates
In mid-November 2011 the city of Fort Collins annexed the seventeen acres of land for the construction of the temple. A final vote on a change of zoning was still necessary, and then the LDS Church could submit its detailed plans for the temple.