Boys looking at temple construction

Jackson Lyon, 8, and his brother Benson, 6, watch construction of the new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple east of Satterfield Drive in Pocatello recently.

POCATELLO — It’s been nearly six months since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broke ground on its new Pocatello Idaho Temple, and officials say construction to date is right on schedule.

The building will be located off Satterfield Drive on Pocatello’s north side.

“I think we’re progressing very well,” said Roger Prewitt, who along with his wife, Glenda Prewitt, is a service missionary for the church. “Most of the site construction is well underway.”

The Prewitts are overseeing the temple’s construction and serving as a liaison between the church and Okland Construction, the general contractor for the project.

Roger Prewitt said the utility work is nearly finished and they’ve started developing the site’s parking lot. The basement foundation is done and they’re currently working on the foundation for the first floor of the temple.

“We’ve also started the structural steel, and we hope to have that complete in about two months,” Prewitt said.

The temple construction is expected to take two to three years, church officials have said.

The Prewitts are compiling a history of the work as it moves forward and they’re able to answer questions when community members stop by.

“We have several visitors every day,” Prewitt said, adding that many people also pull over on Legacy Drive where they can look down at the site. “There’s a lot of interest in the community. A lot of people come up there (so they can) keep track of what it’s looking like.”

Prewitt says they often refer people to the church’s website, www.churchofjesuschrist.org, where they can search for “Pocatello Idaho Temple renderings” and view images of what the building will look like once it’s completed.

Prewitt noted that one of the most interesting and rewarding parts of his work so far has been the opportunity to build relationships with people in the community. He says they have a missionary office at the construction site.

“(If people) stop by and see us, we’d be glad to talk to them,” he said.