Many of you know a new temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints broke ground in early November last year at 1101 McCollum drive next to I-49 in Bentonville, Arkansas. With expected completion in late 2022, I felt prompted to build a virtual model of it using the documents that were submitted to the city for approval.
The temple is about connecting our families together, I am excited to have a temple so close. I share this video with you that you might also feel His Spirit and look forward to the day when we can visit it in real life. I know that the covenants that we make in the temple, with our Lord and our God, are sacred and will help me live with Them, sealed together with my family, for eternity. I am grateful for temples, for my family and the gifts that my Father in Heaven has given me. My favorite family pictures are taken at the temple, so you may notice that we are already there in virtual reality.
I want to thank my daughter Caroline for providing the beautiful vocals, Nik Day for the inspiring music and lyrics, and my Heavenly Father for a family that Never Ends!
5 October 2019
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:
7 November 2020 by David A. Bednar (remotely)
Single attached central tower
Two ordinance rooms (stationary) and two sealing
Total Floor Area:
25,000 square feet
Presiding from a remote location, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the site for the Bentonville Arkansas Temple at a small groundbreaking ceremony held on November 7, 2020. “This is a moment that for most of my life, I never could have imagined would occur even in this moment,” said Elder Bednar. “It’s also a moment that I wish would never end.” Elder Bednar, who was once a professor at the University of Arkansas, has assisted in the organization of two Arkansas stakes including the Bentonville Arkansas Stake. The 25,000-square-foot temple will be constructed on a field next to the stake center.1
The Bentonville Arkansas Temple will be a single-story temple of approximately 25,000 square feet with a center spire. It will stand next to an existing meetinghouse.
On August 28, 2020, an official exterior rendering of the Bentonville Arkansas Temple was released.
On April 23, 2020, the location of the Bentonville Arkansas Temple was announced as an 8.8-acre site behind the stake center for the Bentonville Arkansas Stake. The building stands on I-49 near its junction with Highway 72, providing excellent access to members living throughout the region.2
On October 5, 2019, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans to construct the Bentonville Arkansas Temple at the 189th Semiannual General Conference.3
The Bentonville Arkansas Temple will be the first temple built in Arkansas.