Announcement (April 2021)
At the conclusion of the 191st General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, held on Easter Sunday, 04-Apr-2021, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans to build 20 new temples, including 11 for the United States, the most announced in a single day since 1998. The prophet has now announced 69 new temples in the three years he has served as president of The Church.
One in every nine residents of Wyoming, or approximately 68,000 people, claim membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This will be the state’s second temple; the Star Valley Wyoming Temple was dedicated in 2016. Wyoming has a significant place in the history of the Church because pioneers traveled across this state in their westward migration to Utah, primarily from the 1840s to the 1860s. Casper is located in east central Wyoming.
The new temple was announced shortly after the creation of a second stake in Casper in 2020. The Church has consistently organized new wards in Casper in recent years. The Casper Wyoming Stake was created in 1962. The new temple will likely service the two Casper stakes, 2-3 additional stakes in Wyoming, and possibly the Rapid City South Dakota Stake. These stakes pertain to three different temple districts: the Fort Collins Colorado Temple district, the Billings Montana Temple district, and the Bismark North Dakota Temple district. The Church in Wyoming reported 67,729 members, 171 congregations, and 17 stakes as of year-end 2019.
Notable temple presidents have included: