Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
On Sunday, 5 April 2020, at the afternoon session of the 190th annual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson announced that a temple will be built in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple will be the second temple built in Pennsylvania, following the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple (2016). The temple will be a single-story temple of approximately 32,000 square feet with a center spire. It will stand next to an existing stake center.
Pittsburgh is the second largest city in Pennsylvania. The new temple will serve thousands of members in Western Pennsylvania, Northeast Ohio, and Northern West Virginia who currently participate in temple worship at the Columbus Ohio Temple and the Washington D.C. Temple.
The Church enjoys a rich heritage in Pennsylvania, which is home to more than 100,000 Latter-day Saints. Joseph Smith translated most of the Book of Mormon in Oakland Township, Pennsylvania. John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in a nearby forest and restored the Aaronic Priesthood. Joseph and Oliver also baptized each other in the Susquehanna River.
On 19 January 2021, the location of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple was announced as a 5.8-acre site at 2093 Powell Road in Cranberry Township next to the stake center for the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania North Stake. The temple will stand north of Pittsburgh not far from the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76), providing good access to members living throughout the region. An official exterior rendering of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple was also released on 19 January 2021.