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Dedication of the Richmond Virginia Temple

The Richmond Virginia Temple is set to be dedicated by President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, on May 7, 2023. The open house will be held March 25 through April 15, 2023, excluding Sundays and the April 2023 general conference weekend.

Timeline of the Richmond Virginia Temple

April
01
2018
Announced

The Richmond temple was announced by President Russell M. Nelson in the April 2018 general conference.

President Russell M. Nelson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, center, and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, left, and President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, right, smile at attendees prior to the Saturday morning session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Oct. 1, 2022.
April
11
2020
Groundbreaking

Elder Randall K. Bennett, a General Authority Seventy and president of the North America Northeast Area, offered the dedicatory prayer for the groundbreaking ceremony. The groundbreaking ceremony was kept to a small handful of leaders to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.

Aerial view of Richmond Virginia Temple site location
March
25
2023
Open house

The open house for the Richmond Virginia Temple will be held from March 25 through April 15, 2023. A media day was also held on March 20, and invited guests will tour the building from March 21 to March 24, 2023.

Artist rendition of Richmond Virginia Temple
May
07
2023
Dedication

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, will dedicate the Richmond Virginia Temple on May 7, 2023, throughout two sessions.

President Oaks, a man in a suit coat, red tie and glasses smiling at the camera.
SEE ALL Timeline of the Richmond Virginia Temple

The Richmond Virginia Temple was announced by President Russell M. Nelson on April 1, 2018. Two years later, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the site for the temple was dedicated by Elder Randall K. Bennett, a General Authority Seventy and president of the North America Northeast Area, on April 11, 2020.

After a public open house from March 25 to April 15, 2023, the Richmond temple will be dedicated on May 7, 2023, by President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency.

Architecture and Design of the Richmond Virginia Temple

The Richmond Virginia Temple will be two stories and 36,200 square feet. Its design includes one large steeple with a gold angel Moroni statue on top. The design choices were inspired by local historical American traditions, such as Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia.

Interior Photos of the Richmond Virginia Temple

Quick Facts

Announced

1 April 2018

Groundbreaking

11 April 2020

Groundbreaking Presided by
Dedication

7 May 2023

Current President and Matron
Location

10915 Staples Mill Road
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060
United States

Additional Facts

Fact #1

The Richmond Virginia Temple is the first Latter-day Saint temple built in Virginia.

Additional Facts

Fact #1

The Richmond Virginia Temple is the first Latter-day Saint temple built in Virginia.