Vandals Damage Fort Collins Temple Construction Site

Contributed By Church News

  • 8 September 2015

Article Highlights

  • Vandals damaged the exterior structures and construction machinery at the Fort Collins Temple site.
  • The incident may be connected to previous vandalism at three Fort Collins churches during the summer.

“We are saddened by the vandalism at the construction site of the Fort Collins Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and at other places of worship in the area.” —Eric Hawkins, Church Public Affairs

Vandals damaged the exterior structures and construction machinery at the site of the Fort Collins Colorado Temple in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 23, according to The Coloradoan.

Police suspect the destruction might be connected to previous burglary and vandalism incidents, including break-ins at three Fort Collins churches in late July and early August.

The Fort Collins police are investigating and do not yet know the cost of damages.

“We are saddened by the vandalism at the construction site of the Fort Collins Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and at other places of worship in the area,” said Eric Hawkins of Church Public Affairs in a prepared statement. “Both the construction company and the Church are working closely with local authorities as they pursue their investigation. Questions regarding the nature of the vandalism should be directed to local law enforcement.”

President Thomas S. Monson announced the Fort Collins Temple in the April 2011 general conference. Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy broke ground for the edifice on August 24, 2013. It will be the second temple in Colorado, after the Denver Colorado Temple, and will serve more than 44,000 members in eight stakes in northern Colorado as well as four stakes in southern Wyoming.