Layton Temple groundbreaking is first in Utah for LDS Church amid coronavirus pandemic

LDS Church 1st groundbreaking during pandemic for Layton Temple. (Courtesy Church Newsroom)

(KUTV) — The Layton Temple, first announced in April 2018 by President Russell M. Nelson, broke ground on Saturday with a small-scaled gathering with invited guests only.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints determined a traditional groundbreaking would not be in compliance with the limit put on public gatherings due to the pandemic. The Layton Temple will be built on the corner of Oak Hills Drive and Rosewood Lane. Plans call for a three-story temple of more than 87,000 square feet.

Only invited guests were allowed to attend the event. Next week Church members will gain access to the recording of the proceeding through this portal.

Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. Some believe land values near temples increase as church members want to live in proximity to the areas they consider sacred.

Note: A previous version of this report falsely stated that the Layton temple was the first on which the church broke ground during the pandemic. It is the first in Utah, but ground was broken on the Richmond, Virginia temple on April 11, 2020.