The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has set a June 26 groundbreaking date for the Helena Montana Temple, coming less than three months after the temple was first announced.
Elder Vern P. Stanfill, a General Authority Seventy, will preside at the event. Attendance at the site will be by invitation only, with a broadcast link provided to those living within the temple district
On April 20, less than three weeks after that announcement, the Church released a site location and exterior rendering for the Helena Montana Temple.
The 4.8-acre site is at 1260 Otter Road, where the temple will sit along with a new meetinghouse.
Plans call for a single-story temple of approximately 10,000 square feet with a center spire. Detailed design plans for the temple are still being developed.
The Helena Montana Temple will be the state’s second temple; the Billings Montana Temple was dedicated on Nov. 20, 1999. More than 50,000 Latter-day Saints reside in Montana, comprising some 125 congregations.