HARTFORD, 16 July, 2013
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hartford Connecticut Temple to be held on Saturday, 17 August, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. local time. The temple site is located on the corner of Farmington Avenue and Melrose Drive in Farmington.
Attendance at the ceremony will be by invitation only; however, proceedings of the groundbreaking will be broadcast by satellite to Latter-day Saint chapels in the area to accommodate those who wish to attend.
Plans to construct the Hartford Connecticut Temple were first announced by Church President Thomas S. Monson on 2 October, 2010. It will be the first temple in Connecticut.
Temples differ from the Church’s chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” and are used by faithful members of the Church for marriages, baptisms and ordinances intended to provide eternal family relationships. Temples are open throughout the week and closed on Sundays.
Worldwide, there are currently 171 temples either in operation, under construction or announced. Once construction on the Hartford Connecticut Temple is complete and prior to dedication, the public will be invited to tour the new temple during an open house period that is expected to last a few weeks.