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.
Colorado, in the Intermountain West of the United States, is home to over 150,000 Latter-day Saints and around 310 congregations. The first mission of the Church in Colorado was established in 1896 and the first official congregation was formed only a year later in January 1897. The Grand Junction Colorado Temple will be the third for the state. Temples already in operation in Colorado are the Denver Colorado Temple and the Fort Collins Colorado Temple.
The new temple will likely service the two Grand Junction stakes, the Montrose Colorado Stake, and the Rifle Colorado Stake. The Church's first stake in this city, Grand Junction Colorado Stake was organized in 1955. Stakes in the likely temple district currently pertain to the Monticello Utah Temple district and the Vernal Utah Temple district. The Church has reported slow growth on the Western Slope of Colorado. Statewide, the Church in Colorado has experienced stagnant membership growth since 2015. The Church in Colorado reported 150,958 members, 305 congregations, 35 stakes, and four missions as of year-end 2019.
Notable temple presidents have included: