Mormon temple groundbreaking

From left, Sister Gail Cowley, Elder J. Christopher Lansing, Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, Sister Diane Hallstrom, Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer and Sister Joann Schwitzer break ground on the Indianapolis Temple, which will be completed in 2014. (Photo by Robert Herrington)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broke ground on the Indianapolis Temple on Sept. 29. The 90-minute ceremony took place under the direction of senior church leader Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy, who was joined by local and state church and community leaders.

“This is a very exciting time for the members of the church in Indiana. The groundbreaking draws us one step closer to the rich blessings that the temple will bring,” said Indianapolis West Stake President William G. Cowley.

Around the world there are currently 138 Mormon temples, which are different from meetinghouses where regular Sunday worship services are held. Latter-day Saint temples are considered holy places where church members make formal commitments to God. The Indianapolis Temple, located at the southwest corner of 116th Street and Springmill Road in Carmel, will be the first one in the state and is expected to be completed in 2014. More photos at