LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley Saturday announced plans to build a temple in Ohio, the state where the church's first temple was dedicated in 1836.
A location for the new temple is being sought in the Columbus area. The building will be one of 30 temples President Hinckley announced several weeks ago during a general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. Locations for the other 29 new temples have not been announced.The church and a significant portion of its membership settled in Kirtland, Ohio, near Cleveland, in 1833. Construction for the church's first temple began in Kirtland that same year. Political pressures and financial difficulties later forced the body of the church to leave Ohio. The Kirtland temple still stands, although it is no longer owned by the church.
Temples, unlike chapels used for Sunday worship, are reserved for marriages and the performance of other sacred ordinances. Currently, the closest temple to church members in Ohio is in Kensington, Md.