PHOTOS: LDS Church leaders break ground for Pocatello Idaho temple

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The official groundbreaking ceremony of the Pocatello Idaho Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Saturday, March 16, 2019. © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Efforts to build a new temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Pocatello, Idaho are now underway.

LDS Church leaders held an official groundbreaking ceremony Saturday morning.

Unlike the new LDS temple in Rome, no members of the First Presidency or Quorum of the Twelve Apostles were present for Saturday's groundbreaking.

Instead, Elder Wilford W. Andersen of the Seventy presided at the ceremony, offering the dedicatory prayer.

Two other members of the Seventy were present, Elder S. Gifford Nielsen of the Seventy and Elder Brian K. Taylor.

Attendance was by invitation only, but the ceremony was streamed to LDS meetinghouses in the Pocatello area.

The temple's construction is expected to take between two and three years.

Artists renderings of what the temple is expected to look like can be seen in our gallery above.

The building is planned to be a three-story, 67,696-square-foot temple with a center spire.

LDS Church leaders say the temple will serve 64,000 Latter-day Saints in southern Idaho.

The Pocatello temple will be the sixth LDS temple in Idaho.