The groundbreaking for the Pocatello Idaho Temple will take place on March 16.
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made the announcement via a news release on Friday. They did not give the time of the ceremony, which people will be able to attend by invitation only. But they did say the general public will be able to watch the proceedings live from local meetinghouses.
The temple will be located in the new Crestview Estates — Division 2 subdivision east of Satterfield Drive and Butte Street in Pocatello, according to the news release.
It will be the church’s sixth temple in Idaho. The others are located in Idaho Falls, Rexburg, Boise, Meridian and Twin Falls.
The church currently has 201 temples that have either been announced, are under construction or are already operating throughout the world, according to the news release. Officials say the buildings are different than their regular Sunday meetinghouses.
“Temples are considered ‘houses of the Lord’ where Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity,” the news release states. “In the temple, Church members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to follow Jesus Christ and serve their fellow man.”
Church officials have not yet released any additional details about the Pocatello Idaho Temple’s construction timeline nor said when it will begin operating.