The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will break ground on its first Wyoming temple this April. The new Star Valley Mormon Temple will be built just south of Afton near the Idaho border.
Unlike other church buildings, temples perform special services for members of the Mormon faith, like marriage and baptism ceremonies.
Jerry Hansen is an LDS spokesman for the Afton area. He says the temple is highly anticipated by local members.
"Right now people in Wyoming go to various different temples depending on where they’re at," says Hansen." For instance in the Big Horn Basin, they would go to the Billings temple. For this area in Western Wyoming where we’re talking about specifically, it’s an hour and a half or just under two hour drive depending on where you’re at in Star Valley to go to either the Idaho Falls or the Rexburg temple."
The temple should be completed about two years after the April 25th groundbreaking.