Hartford Connecticut Temple
At the opening of the 180th General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of a new temple in Hartford, Connecticut. The announcement was made on October 2, 2010.
A temple had been considered for the area 18 years earlier, but instead, the Church constructed two temples — the Boston Massachusetts Temple, and the Harrison New York Temple. Plans for the Harrison New York Temple were abandoned after the Manhattan New York Temple was constructed. The Church had tried for years to procure ground for the building of a temple in Hartford, but to no avail. In the meantime, church membership grew to the north and to the south of the area. To the disappointed Hartford residents, President Gordon B. Hinckley said, "While we deeply regret disappointing the people in the Hartford area, we are satisfied that we have been led to the present decision, and that temples will be located in such areas that our Saints in the Hartford area will not have to drive unreasonable distances."
The Hartford Connecticut Temple will be the first temple built in Connecticut and the second built in New England.