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Find out what the Ephraim LDS Temple in Utah will look like and when work will begin on the Smithfield Temple

More dedications planned for a handful of Latter-day Saint temples.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Temple of Ephraim.

Plans for the Ephraim Temple — one of the few modern temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced outside of General Conference — have become more specific.

The Salt Lake City-based faith recently released a outdoor rendering of the three-story, 39,000 square foot building to be constructed east of the intersection of 200 North and 400 East in Sanpete County, central Utah.

Church leaders announced the temple in May, as they revealed they were abandoning an earlier plan to remove valuable murals from the pioneer-era Manti Temple, just 7 miles away .

These murals, including one diorama “world room” by renowned Latter-day Saint artist Minerva Teichert, will instead be housed in the historic Manti Temple, which has closed for renovations.

A revolutionary date has not been set for the temple of Ephraim.

Further north, however, a first pickaxe is scheduled for June 18 for the Smithfield Temple.

Apostles Quentin L. Cook and Gary E. Stevenson will lead the invitation-only ceremony, kicking off construction of the three-story, 83,000-square-foot building, according to a Press release.

The Smithfield and Ephraim temples will join a tally of 28 existing or announced Latter-day Saint temples in Utah.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) An artist’s depiction of the Smithfield Temple in northern Utah.

The first shovelfuls of soil have also been set for April 16 for the Grand Junction Temple (Colorado’s third existing or planned temple); May 7 for the Elko Temple (third from Nevada); June 4 for the Burley Temple (eighth from Idaho); and June 18 for the Yorba Linda Temple (the ninth in California).

Meanwhile, The first Latter-day Saint temple in Cape Verde will be dedicated on June 19, the church announced, after an open house from May 21 to June 11.

Apostle Neil L. Andersen is to lead three dedication sessions.

The temple, in the capital of Praia and announced in October 2018, will serve the more than 15,000 members of the central Atlantic nation.

If the tradition continues, church president Russell M. Nelson will announce more temples at next month’s spring General Conference. He named 83 new temples in his four-plus years as global faith leader.

Latter-day Saints view a temple as a house of the Lord, where worshipers participate in rituals that unite families for eternity.