The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announces new temple in Farmington

Joshua Kellogg
Farmington Daily Times
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell M. Nelson, seen in this 2019 file photo, announced that Farmington will be the site of one of 9 new temples being constructed across the country.
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell Nelson made the announcement during the April 2021 General Conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Seth Bingham, a spokesperson for the Farmington stake, told The Daily Times his cellphone started ringing off the hook following President Nelson’s announcement.

FARMINGTON — The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced this weekend that Farmington was selected as one of 20 cities worldwide where a new temple will be constructed.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell Nelson made the announcement during the April 2021 General Conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 4.

The Farmington temple is one of nine which will be built across the country. Those locations include Grand Junction, Colorado, Helena, Montana, and Yorba Linda, California.

A church press release stated this is the second-highest number of temples announced at once in the history of the church.

In this April 6, 2019 file photo, the angel Moroni statue sits atop the Salt Lake City temple during the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' conference in Salt Lake City.  For the third consecutive time, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held its signature conference without attendees in person, this year on Saturday, April 3, 2021.

Local stake was 'stunned by the news'

Seth Bingham, a spokesperson for the Farmington stake, told The Daily Times his cellphone started ringing off the hook following President Nelson’s announcement.

He said the Farmington stake is stunned by the news and was thankful the church recognized the need and desire to place a temple in San Juan County.

“I think it will be a welcome addition to the Farmington community,” Bingham said.

A Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple differs from the wards or individual congregations located in Aztec, Bloomfield, Farmington and Kirtland, which are open to the public.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints describes the temples as “literally houses of god,” according to its website. The temples are where individuals make “sacred covenants with God.”

Bingham said a temple is the place where ordinances or sacred, formal acts or ceremony are performed, including baptisms and marriage sealings.

A member of the church must earn a temple recommend to enter, stating they are worthy to enter the “House of the Lord,” according to Bingham.

Having a temple in San Juan County is welcomed as church members in the Farmington stake currently travel to the temple in Albuquerque.

Before the Albuquerque temple was dedicated in 2000, church members had to travel to the temple in Mesa, Arizona.

There was no information included in the church’s press release regarding a timeframe for temple construction.

Bingham believed it could be two to three or several years before the temple is completed.

Joshua Kellogg covers breaking news for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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