by: The Associated Press
Posted: Apr 7, 2021 / 03:33 PM MDT
Updated: Apr 13, 2021 / 10:15 AM MDT
FARMINGTON, NM (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced plans to build a new temple in Farmington, New Mexico making it the second temple in the state. Church President Russell Nelson said the new temple in Farmington will be one of 20 newly-planned temples being built worldwide and one of nine in the US, including locations in Grand Junction, Colorado; Helena, Montana; and Yorba Linda, California.
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Nelson made the announcement Sunday during the April 2021 General Conference held in Salt Lake City. The only other temple in New Mexico is in Albuquerque and was dedicated in March 2000 after being announced in 1997. “I think it will be a welcome addition to the Farmington community,” Seth Bingham, a spokesperson for the Farmington stake, told The Farmington Daily Times.
The new temple will make up one of the 251 temples around the world that are either announced, under construction, or in operation. A timeline for the new temples was not immediately announced. The church has about 70,000 members with 138 congregations and 31 Family History Centers in New Mexico, according to the church’s website.