The Star Valley Wyoming temple stands on a gentle rise overlooking Highway 89, just south of the community of Afton near the mouth of Hale Canyon. The classical design of the temple echoes architectural elements found in the historic Star Valley Tabernacle, located just a mile north of the temple. The buildings represent the spiritual heart and center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints community in Star Valley.
The Star Valley Wyoming Temple was the first temple built in Wyoming. When problems were encountered with the originally proposed location for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple at the base of Hale Canyon, the location was shifted west next to the highway. The contractor found the ground conditions at the new location to be ideal for the foundation, eliminating the usual need for extensive fill and compaction work.
Thousands of Church members and friends participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple on April 25, 2015. Many more joined by satellite and Internet transmissions. Elder Craig C. Christensen of the Presidency of the Seventy presided. Construction began the following Monday, April 27, 2015.
The placement of the angel Moroni atop the Star Valley Wyoming Temple took place April 25, 2016, exactly one year after the groundbreaking ceremony. The event was announced beforehand, allowing hundreds of spectators to gather and witness the raising.
Behind the recommend desk of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple is a stunning stained-glass depiction of Jesus Christ, which is refurbished piece originally created for a Presbyterian Church in New York City.
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Notable presidents of the temple include:
Temple access is available to church members who hold a current temple recommend, as is the case with all operating Latter-day Saints temples. An adjacent visitors center is open to the public. An LDS Church meetinghouse is across the street on the East, which is also open to the public.
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Star Valley Wyoming Temple
The Star Valley Wyoming Temple stands on a gentle rise overlooking Highway 89, just south of the community of Afton near the mouth of Hale Canyon. The classical design of the temple echoes architectural elements found in the historic Star Valley Tabernacle, located just a mile north of the temple.