With the advent of a new temple coming to Northern Colorado, “The Coloradoan“ – a local news publication – has recently released an article highlighting the growth of the LDS community in the area. Gary Foster, an LDS stake president in the Fort Collins area was interviewed along with other church leaders. President Foster was quoted as saying:
“Fort Collins is a value-friendly community and school-friendly community. That’s very appealing to LDS families,” Foster said. “There is a long tradition of very faithful members in this area and strong congregations that also makes it appealing. The advent of the temple will accelerate members of our faith preferring Fort Collins,”
The new Fort Collins temple will be the second temple in the state of Colorado and is expected to open sometime in 2016. (no official date has been determined yet). A temple is a unique building for the LDS faith and is treated as the most sacred place to worship, more so than the local meeting houses. Learn more about temples here.
The article also notes that even without the advent of a new temple in the area, the church has been growing. In Colorado, Latter-day Saints account for about 3 percent of the population. Over 150,000 members live in Colorado and the church is among the fastest-growing religious groups in the state. Check out the link below to read the full article.