The LDS Church announced the site for its Star Valley Wyoming Temple on Friday.
The temple will be east of U.S. Highway 89 on the Haderlie Farm property south of Afton.
?Our (Latter-day Saint) community members are elated at the prospects of a temple in our valley,? said Afton Mayor Loni Hillyard in a news release from the church. ?I view the temple as an asset and am certain it will have a positive effect on our entire community. We look forward to working with the architect and Church representatives as they move forward on this project.?
The temple was announced at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? conference in October 2011.
The church said Friday that temple construction is expected to take two years. When built, the temple will serve church members in western Wyoming. Members now travel to Idaho Falls and Rexburg to attend the temple.
?We truly believe this new temple will be a great asset not only to members of the Church but also to the people of the surrounding community, who will benefit from the peace and beauty a temple brings,? said Jerry Hansen, local spokesman for the church. ?Temples are where members participate in the highest sacraments of our faith ? where we make and renew promises to God and to our families.?
The church has 137 temples, with 29 planned or under construction.
LDS leaders haven't supplied details on the building itself yet. Doug Anderson with the LDS Church Media Department told the station earlier this month that he doesn't know if it will be built as a full-size version like the ones in Idaho Falls and Rexburg or on a smaller scale.