The following press release was originally published on Newsroom.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the location of a new temple in California that was announced in April 2021 by Church President Russell M. Nelson.
The Yorba Linda California Temple will be the ninth temple in the state. The seven in operation are in Fresno, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Oakland, Redlands, Sacramento and San Diego. The Feather River California Temple is under construction. The Yorba Linda California Temple will be built on a 5.4-acre site located at the intersection of Bastanchury Road and Osmond Street in Yorba Linda. Plans call for a single-story temple of approximately 30,000 square feet. There are more than 21,000 Latter-day Saints in this temple district.
Detailed design plans for this temple are still being developed. Project leaders will soon start working with city officials in this location on preliminary plans for the temple. Groundbreaking dates have not been set.
Latter-day Saints consider temples to be the “house of the Lord” and the most sacred places of worship on the earth. Temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses (chapels). All are welcome to attend Sunday worship services and other weekday activities at local meetinghouses. The primary purpose of temples, however, is for faithful members of the church to participate in sacred ceremonies, such as marriages, which unite families forever, and proxy baptisms on behalf of deceased ancestors who did not have the opportunity to be baptized while living.