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Richmond Virginia Temple

177th temple dedicated

Dedication of the Richmond Virginia Temple

During a media day for the Richmond Virginia Temple, before it was open to the public, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin toured the building. In his remarks at the event, he drew attention to how a house of the Lord — the state’s first — is now in “the first state to forge religious freedom into the fabric of our nation.”

This history stretches back to Thomas Jefferson, an American founding father who wrote the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, a forerunner to the First Amendment and constitutional protection of religious freedom.

“May this temple be a lasting symbol to all Virginians of our collective legacy of true religious freedom,” said Gov. Youngkin, “and give the Latter-day Saint community across Virginia and around the world a powerful central location to practice their faith.”

The Richmond Virginia Temple was dedicated by President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, during two sessions on May 7, 2023. During the cornerstone ceremony on the same day, the Apostle said, “The most important idea about a cornerstone is that Jesus Christ Himself is the chief Cornerstone, setting the direction for the building at the key position in the foundation.”

President Oaks was joined by his wife, Sister Kristen M. Oaks; Elder W. Mark Bassett, second counselor in the North America Northeast Area presidency and his wife, Sister Angela Bassett; Elder Kevin R. Duncan, executive director of the Church’s Temple Department and his wife, Sister Nancy Duncan; and Elder Michael John U. Teh, a General Authority Seventy, and his wife, Sister Grace Teh.

Dedicatory prayer excerpt: “Please bless all who worthily serve in Thy holy temples that they may participate with joy and understanding that thy work will go forward in power to fulfill Thy purposes for all Thy children. We pray that Thy Spirit will always be present in these holy spaces to enlighten and guide and bless all who are here and all that is said and done here.”

Read the dedicatory prayer of the Richmond Virginia Temple here.

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.

The attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Richmond Virginia Temple. Each couple is standing six feet apart from all other couples in keeping with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.
March
25
2023
Open house

The open house for the Richmond Virginia Temple was held from March 25 through April 15, 2023. A media day was also held on March 20, and invited guests toured the building from March 21 to March 24, 2023. More than 46,500 visitors attended the temple open house.

An aerial view of a line of people standing around the Richmond temple.
May
07
2023
Dedication

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

President Oaks, a man in a white suit, standing next to his wife, in a pink blazer, in front of the Richmond temple.
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 this house of the Lord was dedicated by Elder Randall K. Bennett, 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 was 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 is a two-story building with 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. Symbols of Virginia’s state tree and flower — the dogwood — can be seen around the interior.

Interior Photos of the Richmond Virginia Temple

Quick Facts

Announced

1 April 2018

Dedicated

7 May 2023

Current President and Matron
Location

10915 Staples Mill Road
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060
United States

Additional Facts

Fact #1

This was the first Latter-day Saint temple in Virginia.

Fact #2

The first branch in Richmond, Virginia, was organized in 1919 and had fewer than 100 Saints.

Fact #3

The Virginia Stake was the 245th stake in the Church of Jesus Christ but only the sixth stake on the Atlantic coast.

Fact #4

At the time of the Richmond temple’s dedication, more than 34,000 members lived in the Richmond area, totaling more than a third of the state’s Latter-day Saint population.

Additional Facts

Fact #1

This was the first Latter-day Saint temple in Virginia.

Fact #2

The first branch in Richmond, Virginia, was organized in 1919 and had fewer than 100 Saints.

Fact #3

The Virginia Stake was the 245th stake in the Church of Jesus Christ but only the sixth stake on the Atlantic coast.

Fact #4

At the time of the Richmond temple’s dedication, more than 34,000 members lived in the Richmond area, totaling more than a third of the state’s Latter-day Saint population.