POCATELLO – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released designs for the interior of its planned Pocatello Idaho Temple on Friday. It provided exterior designs of the temple last year.
The Church shared pictures of the temple's interior during an open house for those living near the proposed temple site East of Satterfield Drive and Butte Street on Friday.
“Neighbors had a chance to see interior renderings as well as the site plan,” said the Church in a press release.
The Church also announced that the ground breaking for the Temple is scheduled for March 16. It’s expected construction on the building will start shortly thereafter and will take up to three years to finish.
“This is an exciting and wonderful time for Pocatello,” said Brent Roberts, managing director of the Church’s Special Projects Department. “The temple design is beautiful, intricate, and has been meticulously planned. As with all temples, this building will be constructed with the finest materials and with careful attention to detail so that it can fulfill its sacred purpose as a house of the Lord."
The renderings showed pictures of a three-story, 67,696-square-foot temple with a center spire. The temple facility will take up nearly 13 acres. It’s expected that once the temple is finished, an estimated 64,000 Church members from southeastern Idaho will worship there.
“This temple combines classical architectural elements as well as more modern art deco designs and draws upon colors native to the beautiful state of Idaho,” said Bill Williams, director of Temple Design, who was born and raised in Pocatello. “The details inside and outside the building will be stunning, from the art glass to the flooring to the grounds. Those who visit this temple will also be able to enjoy lovely views looking out to the west toward the Snake River Plain.”
The Pocatello Temple will be the sixth such one in the Gem State. The press release reported that nearly a half a million Idahoans are members of the Church. The late President Thomas S. Monson announced plans for the temple in April 2017.
“It has been a wonderful experience being part of the preparations for the temple that will be built here in our valley,” said Larry Fisher, a Pocatello business owner and the Church’s local director of Public Affairs. “Not only have we felt the excitement of the members of our faith, we are appreciative and grateful for the support and excitement of many who are of other faiths, including members of the Portneuf Valley Interfaith Fellowship. The temple will be a blessing for our whole community.”
Temples are open Tuesday through Saturday for those Church members holding a temple recommend.
“Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints consider temples to be the ‘house of the Lord,’ the most sacred places on earth,” said the press release.
For more information on the Pocatello Temple, visit mormonnewsroom.org.