New temple to be built in St. Louis area

Plans to build a temple in the St. Louis, Mo., area have been announced by the First Presidency.

Construction will begin after completion of architectural plans and the granting of necessary local governmental approvals."We are confident that this will be a blessing to the many faithful saints in this and surrounding areas who have had to travel long distances to enjoy the blessings of the temple," the First Presidency said in a letter to local Church officials in the Midwestern United States.

Specific stakes to be included in the temple district will be announced at a later date, the First Presidency said.

The First Presidency commended the members of the Church in the area "for their devotion and faithfulness," and expressed gratitude for "the blessings that will come to them through the erection of this new temple."

The St. Louis Temple will be the 50th temple in the Church, with 44 now in operation. Four other temples are in the planning stages, and another in San Diego, Calif., is under construction.

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