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Ceremony Held for Construction of Elko Nevada Temple

Temple will be state’s third house of the Lord

Ground has been broken on the Elko Nevada Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“This temple will be God’s House ... a bounteous mine of spiritual ‘gold’ that will truly enrich us, and we need not look anywhere else to find true and lasting peace, happiness, and fulfillment in our lives, our families, and our homes,” said Elder Paul B. Pieper of the Quorum of the Seventy, who presided at the groundbreaking event.

“We are thankful for the blessing of a temple in Elko, and for the many faithful souls, past and present, who for many years have traveled great distances to other temples to receive sacred ordinances … and who have prayed for the day when a temple would be built in Elko,” said Elder Pieper in the dedicatory prayer.

Many Church leaders and invited guests gathered for the groundbreaking ceremonies in Elko on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Elder Pieper was joined by his wife, Melissa, along with regional and local leaders and invited guests.

The groundbreaking signals the beginning of construction for the Elko Nevada Temple, which will be built on a 5.2-acre site adjacent to the southeast corner of Ruby View Golf Course. The single-story structure will be about 10,000 square feet in size.

The Temple will serve Latter-day Saints from northeastern Nevada and surrounding areas.

"As we watch this temple rise in the coming months, may we each reach out to God with a greater desire to know Him and love Him, and to know and love our neighbors," said Elder Pieper.

Those participating in the groundbreaking ceremonies included congregations from Elko and nearby towns.

Those who live in the temple district were able to watch Saturday's broadcast of the groundbreaking ceremonies. The full broadcast is available here.  


President Russell M. Nelson announced the Elko Nevada Temple during general conference in April 2021.

This will be Nevada’s third temple, following the Las Vegas Nevada Temple, which was dedicated in December 1989, and the Reno Nevada Temple, which was dedicated in April 2000. Nevada is home to nearly 183,000 Latter-day Saints in 362 congregations.
Latter-day Saints consider temples to be the ‘house of the Lord’ and the most sacred places of worship on earth. Temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses (chapels). All are welcome to attend Sunday worship services and other weekday activities at local meetinghouses. The primary purpose of temples, however, is for faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ to participate in sacred ceremonies, such as marriages, which unite families forever, and proxy baptisms on behalf of deceased ancestors who did not have the opportunity to be baptized while living.

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