Richmond Virginia Temple
Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement
Announcement:1 April 2018
The Richmond Virginia Temple is currently in the planning stages. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
Renderings of the Richmond Virginia Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
No site location has been officially announced for the Richmond Virginia Temple.
The first temple to be constructed in the state of Virginia was announced by President Russell M. Nelson at the 188th Annual General Conference. "It is a dream come true," said Ruby Barley of the announcement. The 89-year-old and her family were among the first baptized in Spotsylvania County near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Jenni McCall, a Relief Society president in Stafford County was "ecstatic" about the announcement. "This will make such a difference to all of us," she said. Church members currently travel to the
16th operating temple; closed for renovation; interior completely dismantled; Christmas lights on display as renovation work continuesWashington D.C. Temple to participate in temple services, often enduring heavy stop-and-go traffic.1
Missionaries for the Church first arrived in Virginia in the early 1840s. By 1841, approximately 80 people had joined the Church in Virginia. There are now nearly 100,000 members across the state, which had previously been the state with the most members without a temple. Richmond is the capital of Virginia, and its central location will serve the members in Virginia well.2
The Richmond Virginia Temple will be the first temple built in Virginia.
- Emily Jennings, "Local Latter-day Saints look forward to a new Mormon temple in Richmond," The Free Lance–Star 18 May 2018, 5 Oct. 2018 <https://www.fredericksburg.com/features/religion/local-latter-day-saints-look-forward-to-a-new-mormon/article_75e06594-19d2-5244-8f30-99fb0a01fb1e.html>.
- "Seven Temples Announced as April 2018 General Conference Closes," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 1 Apr. 2018.