The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Tuesday revealed the location and a rendering of a new temple planned for the Helena area.
The single-story, approximately 10,000-square-foot temple with a single spire will be built on 4.8 acres at 1260 Otter Road just north of town. The temple will share the site with a new meetinghouse.
A groundbreaking date has not yet been set.
“We’re excited about this development,” said Bret Romney, stake president in Helena. “We’re just very pleased with the beauty of the rendering. We know it will enhance that site. We love that residential area and feel good about the neighborhood.”
Earlier this month, church officials announced that Helena is among 20 cities throughout the world that will receive a new temple.
This will be the second temple in Montana. The state's first was dedicated in November 1999 in Billings.
"Latter-day Saints consider temples to be the 'house of the Lord' and the most sacred places of worship on the earth," Tuesday's news release said. "Temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses (chapels). All are welcome to attend Sunday worship services and other weekday activities at local meetinghouses. The primary purpose of temples, however, is for faithful members of the Church to participate in sacred ceremonies, such as marriages that unite families forever and proxy baptisms on behalf of deceased ancestors who did not have the opportunity to be baptized while living."