The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has broken ground for one temple and announced that another one will not be built in a Nashville, Tenn., suburb.
A groundbreaking was held Friday in Anchorage, Alaska, for one of 30 smaller-scale temples planned worldwide by the church. The ceremony attracted nearly 1,700 people. Others watched the ceremony on television.At nearly 7,000 square feet, the Anchorage temple should be complete by late fall, officials said.
A temple planned by the LDS Church in the Nashville, Tenn., area will not be built in the suburb of Forest Hills.
After a three-year attempt to build a temple in the area, a recent court decision denied the needed zoning.
Church officials were surprised at the opposition to a temple in Forest Hills but will continue plans for a temple elsewhere in the Nashville area. That temple will be smaller than the one planned for Forest Hills, said Allan Erb, a spokesman for the church in Tennessee.
LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley announced earlier this month the faith would build 30 smaller temples around the world. The 10 million-member church has 51 temples worldwide and 47 more have been announced or are under construction.
There are 29,000 members of the LDS Church in Tennessee, who currently travel to St. Louis; Atlanta; Orlando, Fla.; or Washington, D.C., to visit a temple, where faithful church members take part in sacred ordinances.