Plans have been announced for the construction of a new Church of Latter-Day Saints temple in Farmington.
The project is one of a handful of new projects the LDS Church hopes to build across the country in the next several years and will be the second such LDS facility in New Mexico.
The first New Mexico temple at 10301 San Francisco Road NE in Albuquerque was completed in early 2000 and measures around 34,200 square feet.
In a statement, Set Bingham, a spokesman for the church in Farmington, told the Farmington Daily Times he thought the new temple “will be a welcome addition to the Farmington community.”
Reflecting the growth of the church, there are now around 250 LDS temples under-construction or completed internationally.
Such facilities can range in size from just over 100,000 square feet to more than 253,000 square feet. Each of the temples are architecturally distinct, with some designed in Gothic, Colonial Revival, and Neo-Renaissance styles.
The multi-tower LDS temple in Salt Lake City is thought to be the most easily-identified such temple in the U.S.
Completed in 1893, the temple sits on a 10-acre site and measures more than 253,000 square feet.
According to LDS figures there are currently around 70,000 church members in New Mexico, out of a total worldwide membership of more than 16.5 million.
It is not yet known where in Farmington the new LDS temple will be built, nor when construction is planned.
By Garry Boulard
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