President Eyring Breaks Ground for Philadelphia Temple
On Saturday, September 17, 2011, President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, broke ground for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple.
Also in attendance were Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Presidency of the Seventy and Elder William R. Walker of the Seventy, who serves as the executive director of the Church’s Temple Department.
Members within the temple district gathered in their respective meetinghouses, to which the service was broadcast.
The temple, first announced by President Thomas S. Monson in October 2008, will be located in downtown Philadelphia, situated diagonally across the street from Logan Square, a prominent Philadelphia landmark.
Elder Jensen unveiled the rendering of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple for the first time in June.
Nearly 50,000 members in Pennsylvania will benefit from the new temple.
It will be the first temple in Pennsylvania. Currently there are 135 operating temples in the world, with another 25 that have been announced or are under construction.
Read more about the groundbreaking at Newsroom.