SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The new Willamette Valley Oregon Temple, announced in April, has an official address.
Officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said on Thursday that the temple will be built on a 10.5-acre site at International Boulevard and Corporate Way in Springfield, not far from PeaceHealth RiverBend.
No groundbreaking date for the 30,000-square-foot temple was announced.
Jeff Robinson, the communication director and temple media liaison in Eugene, said without this temple, families wanting to be sealed together must travel to temples in Portland or Medford.
"When the groundbreaking happens, many people in Eugene will be invited, and Springfield, to be part of that and of course to watch that and of course when the temple is completed there, there's always a special open house where anybody and everybody can come to see all the inner parts of the Temple," Robinson said.
According to the church, there are more than 150,000 Latter-day Saints in Oregon.
This will be the third temple in the state, following Portland and Medford.
"It's hard to describe how excited members of our faith are about this," Robinson said. "I really believe it will be a true asset to our community, whether they are members of our particular faith or not-- it doesn't matter, the grounds will always be open-- they will be spectacular, I'm sure. It's relatively close to the McKenzie river, it's just a special place, and I think all will feel that it's very sacred."
Robinson said these temples are built to a higher standard and they normally take two to five years to build once announced.