From Mormon Newsroom
The temple “helps us prepare to be better people, to choose good over evil, to be more kind, more loving, more like Jesus Christ,” said Elder Larry Y. Wilson, a General Authority Seventy, before breaking ground for the Church’s ninth temple in Canada.
Elder Wilson and other Church leaders joined with community leaders on Saturday, Dec. 3, to break ground for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple.
Elder Wilson, executive director of the Temple Department, presided at the ceremony. Several local Latter-day Saint and community and civic leaders also attended.
“This is a unique design,” he said of the temple, located at 2 Centre Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba. “There is not another temple in the world that looks like this.”
Janice Lukes, city councilor for South Winnipeg, St. Norbert Ward, said: “The temple will definitely be an iconic building here in Winnipeg. Each faith community is a tremendous asset to the greater community.”
Terry Duguid, Parliament member for Winnipeg South, expressed appreciation for the Church’s community service efforts. “While attending your event on behalf of Winnipeg Harvest I felt the spirit of your generosity.”
Belle Jarniewski, president of Manitoba Multi-Faith Council, said the new temple will add a new dimension for the inter-faith community. “It will be a place to reflect, to share the peacefulness of the grounds and reflect on the beauty of the building itself.”
The temple, which will serve the 4,500 Latter-day Saints who live in Manitoba, was announced by President Thomas S. Monson at the April 2011 general conference.
The 16,100-square-foot temple will feature a copper steeple, slate roof tiles, and Tyndall stone quarried just outside Winnipeg.
There are currently eight temples in Canada. The other temples are located in Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Cardston and Vancouver.
There are currently 155 operating temples throughout the world with another 22 temples under construction or announced, and four are being renovated.