Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

News Stories

Meetinghouse Frame Rising at the Helena Montana Temple Site

Most of the wood frame has been erected for the meetinghouse that will share the site of the Helena Montana Temple. The concrete temple foundation has been waterproofed, backfilled, and prepared for the installation of prefabricated modules that are under construction at a remote facility. Once the modules arrive, they will be installed and assembled on site, forming a beautiful House of the Lord.

Footings and Foundation in Place for the Helena Montana Temple

The concrete foundation for the Helena Montana Temple has been poured and cured, ready for the superstructure to begin. "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall" (Helaman 5:12).

Forming and Pouring the Helena Montana Temple Foundation

Following the installation of the meetinghouse foundation at the Helena Montana Temple site, crews have begun forming and pouring the foundation for the temple. Plumbing is being roughed in for the meetinghouse, which is a replacement for the former stake center that occupied the property. Portions of the old driveways have been temporarily retained to help with staging at the construction site.

Meetinghouse Foundation Installed at the Helena Montana Temple Site

The foundation has been installed for the new meetinghouse that will stand next to the Helena Montana Temple. The temple and meetinghouse are being constructed on the site of the former stake center. Helena is the capital of Montana and a growing city of almost 35,000 people with numerous architectural gems including the Montana State Capitol, the Cathedral of St. Helena, the Helena Civic Center, and numerous Victorian mansions in the historic district.

Clearing the Helena Montana Temple Site

Heavy machinery is clearing the site for the Helena Montana Temple. A water hose is used to moisten the soil and reduce dust levels around the construction site. The property was formerly occupied by a stake center and a grass field. The stake center was razed in early June ahead of the groundbreaking. Asphalt and vegetation are being removed before excavation gets underway for the foundations of the temple and new stake center.

Groundbreaking Event Held for the Helena Montana Temple

Elder Vern P. Stanfill of the Seventy presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Helena Montana Temple held on Saturday, June 26, 2021. As the groundbreaking approached, he "pondered on the many who have lived in the shadow of these mountains who…sacrificed, served, and hoped for this day." He concluded, "Theirs is a legacy of faith and discipleship of the Savior." Elder Stanfill was accompanied by Helena Montana Stake president Bret Romney and invited guests. The 10,000-square-foot temple was announced 12 weeks ago in General Conference and is expected to be erected at an accelerated pace. It will stand next to a new stake center on a 4.8-acre site at 1260 Otter Road. Elder Stanfill declared, "As a house of the Lord, a holy temple, rises out of the ground in this place, we pray that all who look upon it will see it as a great blessing and come to learn of its significance."

Groundbreaking Date Announced for the Helena Montana Temple

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Helena Montana Temple has been announced for June 26, 2021. Elder Vern P. Stanfill of the Quorum of the Seventy will preside. Attendance at the site is by invitation only, but a broadcast link will be provided to those living within the temple district. The 10,000-square-foot temple will be the second in the state and will share a site with a rebuilt stake center at 1260 Otter Road. Video and photographs will be made available after the event.

Helena Montana Temple Location and Rendering Revealed

The Helena Montana Temple will be constructed on the site of the current stake center for the Helena Montana Stake at 1260 Otter Road. The single-level, 10,000-square-foot temple will share the 4.8-acre site with a new stake center. The building features a covered entrance with an arched opening, a single central spire, and gold accents. Plans for the temple were announced just 16 days ago in the closing session of General Conference. Project leaders will soon be filing documents with the local government. Construction is expected to begin soon, but no groundbreaking date has been set.