Press Release: Public Open House and Dedication Dates Announced for Fort Collins Temple

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently announced open house and dedication dates for the Fort Collins Colorado Temple of the Church.
The public is invited to a free tour of the temple during an open house from Friday, August 19, through Saturday, September 10, excluding the Sundays August 21 and 28 and September 4. Additional details will be available and tour reservations can be made at beginning approximately two weeks before the open house commences.
The temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, October 16, in three sessions. In conjunction with the dedication of the temple, there will also be a cultural celebration featuring music and dance on Saturday, October 15.

“We look forward to celebrating the Temple dedication and activities preceding it with all of our neighbors in northern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming and western Nebraska. Temples are designed and intended to bless entire communities, wherever they are located, and we know that will be true of the Fort Collins Colorado Temple,” said Elder George F. Rhodes Jr., an Area Seventy for the Northern Colorado Area.

Ground was broken for the Fort Collins Colorado Temple on August 24, 2013. Plans to construct the temple were first announced by Church President Thomas S. Monson in April 2011. The Fort Collins Temple will be the second Church temple in Colorado. The Denver Colorado Temple was dedicated in 1986.
The Fort Collins Colorado Temple is being constructed on a 15-acre site located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Trilby Road and Timberline Road in Fort Collins. The geographic area to be served by the new temple includes approximately 44,000 members of the Church living in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. The Fort Collins Temple will be approximately the same size as the Denver Colorado Temple.

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While the Church’s 18,000-plus meetinghouses are open to all people who wish to attend religious services, temples, once they have been formally dedicated, are open only to Latter-day Saints in good standing. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. Inside, members learn more about the purpose of life and make promises to serve Jesus Christ and their fellow man.
There are currently 149 operating temples of the Church worldwide. Five existing temples are currently undergoing renovation. Thirteen temples are currently under construction, and 11 additional temples have been announced.

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