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Groundbreaking Held for Casper Wyoming Temple

Will be Wyoming’s second temple

Ground has been broken in for the Casper Wyoming Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Elder S. Gifford Nielsen of the Quorum of the Seventy presided at the groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, October 9, 2021. Of the significance of the occasion, he said, “write down the feelings you're having today. This is a journal entry for not only now, but also for those who will read and learn about this event in the future.”

In a dedicatory prayer, Elder Nielsen recalled the experiences of the early Saints as they traveled to the Salt Lake Valley. He stated, “May we never forget their unwavering effort and sacrifices. May this temple stand as a symbol of their commitment to Thee and of their desire to build Thy kingdom here on earth.”

“Our hearts are full of gratitude as we contemplate the magnitude of what is about to happen. This gathering is an answer to many prayers,” Elder Nielsen prayed. “We can only imagine the celebration on the other side of the veil among those whose sacrifices prepared the way for the blessings we enjoy today. Our hearts rejoice with them.”

Attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony was by invitation only, while those who reside in the temple district were able to watch a broadcast.


The Casper Wyoming Temple was announced in April 2021 by Church President Russell M. Nelson. The single-story temple of approximately 10,000 square feet is being built on a 9.5-acre site located at the intersection of Wyoming Boulevard Southwest and Eagle Drive.

Wyoming is home to more than 67,000 Latter-day Saints in more than 170 congregations. The Casper Wyoming Temple will be the state’s second temple. The other temples in Wyoming are the Star Valley Wyoming Temple (dedicated in 2016) and the Cody Wyoming Temple (announced).

Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints differ from meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Each temple is considered a “house of the Lord” where Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. In the temple, Church members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to follow Jesus Christ and serve their fellow man.

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