9 April 2015
On April 2, 2011, during the 181st Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Thomas S. Monson announced plans to build the Fort Collins Colorado Temple. When the temple is complete, it will be the second Mormon temple in Colorado, following the Denver Colorado Temple, dedicated in 1986. The Fort Collins Colorado Temple will serve approximately 44,000 members of the Church from northern Colorado and southern Wyoming.Located about 57 miles north of Denver in northern Colorado, Fort Collins rests against the Cache la Poudre River at an elevation of 5,004 feet. The Fort Collins Colorado Temple’s 15-acre site is at the intersection of Timberline Road and Trilby Road on the southeast corner. A Mormon chapel (used for Sunday worship services and weekly Church activities) is across the street from the site. Russell McClure, a local Church leader, said, “We feel this new temple will be a great asset not only to members of the Church in Colorado and the region but also to the people of Fort Collins, who will benefit from the peace and beauty a temple brings.”1
Church members consider temples to be sacred — the literal houses of the Lord. They come to the temple to feel peace and to make commitments to God and their families. Temples include beautifully designed rooms that create a tranquil atmosphere to help patrons draw closer to the Lord. In temples are a baptistry; a celestial room, representative of eternal life with God; sealing rooms, where marriages are performed; and instruction rooms, where patrons learn about Jesus Christ.
On August 24, 2013, Latter-day Saints, along with Church, civic and community leaders, attended the temple’s groundbreaking ceremony. Church leader Ronald A. Rasband presided over the event. In his remarks, Elder Rasband spoke about the temples built in ancient times and compared them to the temples built today. He said, “In the dedication of Solomon’s temple, King Solomon asked ‘will God dwell on the earth?’ The Lord answered … ‘my name shall be there.’ That sounds familiar to what we’re starting here in Fort Collins, Colorado.”2 The groundbreaking ceremony was broadcast to Latter-day Saint meetinghouses in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. A choir of 45 Church members from Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley sang for the event.
After the groundbreaking, construction commenced for the Fort Collins Colorado Temple. Like all Mormon temples, the temple is being built out of the finest materials. Great attention will be given to the design and craftsmanship of the 30,000-square-foot structure, and the grounds will be meticulously cared for. When it is completed, the Fort Collins Colorado Temple will be one story tall with a single, central spire. On top of its spire will stand a gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni, a prophet from the Book of Mormon. The statue’s right hand holds a raised trumpet and symbolizes the message of the restored gospel being preached to all the world.
Before the Fort Collins Colorado Temple is dedicated, the temple will be open to the public. Guided tours will allow people to see the temple rooms and to learn more about the purposes of temples. Once the temple is dedicated, only those who hold a temple recommend and follow certain standards of the gospel of Jesus Christ will be allowed to enter the temple.With the majestic Rocky Mountains creating a glorious backdrop, this temple will be a beautiful landmark for the community in Fort Collins, Colorado.
1 “Site Announced for Fort Collins Temple,” Mormon Newsroom, July 8, 2011, http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/site-announced-fort-collins-temple.
2 “Church Leaders Break Ground for a Second Colorado Temple,” Mormon Newsroom, Aug. 24, 2013, http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-leaders-break-ground-second-colorado-temple.