Teton River Idaho Temple

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The Teton River Idaho Temple was first announced by President Russell M. Nelson during the October 2021 general conference. It is the second temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be built in Rexburg, Idaho.

Idaho is home to more than 470,000 Latter-day Saints in more than 1,200 congregations. The Teton River Idaho Temple will join eight other temples in operation, under construction or announced in the state of Idaho. Those temples are in Boise, Burley, Idaho Falls, Meridian, Montpelier, Pocatello, Rexburg, and Twin Falls.

The Teton River Idaho Temple will be built on a 16.6-acre site located northwest of Second East 2000 North in Rexburg, Idaho, the address being 1419 North 2nd East. Plans call for a three-story temple of approximately 130,000 square feet. The Rexburg Idaho Temple is on the same road, the address being 750 South 2nd East.

Rexburg is home to Brigham Young University–Idaho.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held


On June 1, 2024. Elder Ricardo P. Giménez, Second Counselor in the North America Central Area Presidency, presided over the groundbreaking ceremony, joined by his wife, Sister Catherine Giménez.

Others in attendance included Elder Alvin F. Meredith III, a General Authority Seventy and president of nearby BYU–Idaho, and his wife, Sister Jennifer Meredith; Idaho Lt. Gov. Scott Bedke and his wife, Sarah Bedke; Rexburg Mayor Jerry Merrill and his wife, Marianne Merrill; and Sugar City Mayor Steven Adams and his wife, Michelle Adams.

In a prayer to dedicate the site for temple construction, Elder Giménez said: “Help us, O Father, to secure our foundation upon Jesus Christ, to be able to stand strong and secure because our spiritual foundation is solid and immovable. Because of this, we ask Thee, Father, for Thy help in our efforts to build ourselves and be prepared to partake of the eternal blessings available in Thy holy houses.”[1]

“Heavenly Father wants all of us to return home and to have joy and comfort in our lives. He will never, ever leave us alone. That’s why He has created the plan for us — so we can return home.”

The house of the Lord, he said, is a tool Saints have in these latter days to be guided in their mortal journey and receive strength to move forward.

“And yes, sometimes it’s going to be challenging,” he said, “but we trust, we love, and we keep moving forward. And one day, we will look back, and we will connect the dots, and we will understand — and every promise will be fulfilled.”[2]


Temples in Idaho

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