Latter-day Saint Life

How the Pocatello Temple Groundbreaking Impacted Idaho's Muslim Community Following the New Zealand Shootings


On March 16, thousands of Pocatello Latter-day Saints gathered under crisp, sunny skies for the groundbreaking ceremony commencing construction of the Pocatello Idaho Temple.

Seated on the front row were more than a dozen representatives from the Pocatello religious community. They were Christians, Muslims, Jews and practitioners of the Baha’i Faith.

And they were all friends, sitting alongside Latter-day Saints to celebrate a future temple. Many even stood with a trio of General Authorities and turned a shovel of soil, signaling the beginning of the temple construction.

Many said they were honored being participants in the groundbreaking and not just mere spectators.

“This is a great day,” said Mohammed Safar of the Islamic Society of South East Idaho. “I will cherish this memory.”

Story by Jason Swenson, lead image from Church News.
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