The Fort Collins Colorado Temple is a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fort Collins, Colorado. It was completed in 2016 and the announcement was first made by Thomas Monson on April 2nd, 2011 before construction began.
The Fort Collins temple is on the southeast corner of the Trilby Road and Timberline Road intersection. The Latter-day Saint chapel is across the street.
The new 42,000-square-foot (3,900 m2) building in Fort Collins will serve the needs of more than 20,000 church members in Northern Colorado, Southern Wyoming, and Western Nebraska.
The developers are applying to re-zone an area of land so that it can be used to build a structure that will service the tri-state region.
The current zoning on the property is for homes and neighborhood centers that act as a focal point for community activities like grocery stores.
The developer first pursued rezoning through Larimer County as part of an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Fort Collins and was successful.
Back in 2011, the city planning board in Fort Collins recommended annexation with a rezoning of the temple. The groundbreaking ceremony was conducted by Ronald A. Rasband on August 24, 2013.
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Construction on the temple began a few years ago and as they progressed, they were vandalized on August 23, 2015. On August 26, 2015, an identical angel Moroni statue was erected.
The public open house dates of the temple are from August 19-September 10, excluding Sundays. The temple was officially opened on October 16 by Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
Plans call for a 30,389 square-foot temple to be erected 112 feet high with a statue of an angel Moroni sculpted atop.
One resident has asked for the steeple to be lowered to 100 feet, but it was explained that the steeple height already matches the lowest possible height and is exempt from the limitations.
The Church agreed to turn off the steeple and angel Moroni statue by 10:00 p.m. Timberline Road will be widened to include turning lanes, a sidewalk, and additional street lighting
Elder Ronald A. Rasband presided over the groundbreaking ceremony of the Fort Collins Colorado Temple on Saturday, August 24, 2013, and marked the formal commencement of construction.
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When talking about the church’s history, Elder Rasband mentioned how our modern temples are just an extension of structures that have been around for a long time.
The Lord answered to him ‘my name shall be there.’ This sounds the same as Fort Collins, Colorado where we just started. When the construction of the temple is done, it will be a house of prayer, revelation, and teaching.