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Site set for Mormon temple in Indianapolis

Published: Monday, Jan. 24 2011 12:15 p.m. MST

INDIANAPOLIS — The site of the LDS's Church's Indianapolis Indiana Temple has been announced for the suburb of Carmel, Ind., about 17 miles north of downtown Indianapolis.

The temple will stand on a 50-acre parcel on the southwest corner of the intersection of West 116th and Spring Mill Road, as announced Monday by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Indianapolis temple was one of five announced by President Thomas S. Monson during the Saturday morning session of October 2010 general conference. The others include Hartford, Conn.; Lisbon, Portugal; Urdaneta, Philippines; and Tijuana, Mexico.

It will be the first temple in the state of Indiana, with the Louisville Kentucky Temple the closest to Indianapolis at 130 miles to the south. Other nearby temples for Mormons living in Indiana include the Chicago Illinois and Columbus Ohio temples.

Indiana ranks 26th among U.S. states in LDS population, with a membership of nearly 42,000 — a 50 percent increase since 1990.

The LDS Church has 134 operating temples throughout the world, with the Indianapolis Indiana Temple among the other 23 that have been announced or are under construction.

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