‘We screamed with joy’: Mormon church members excited after reveal of new Henrico temple

Henrico County

HENRICO, Va. — The Mormon church is revealing more details about the new temple coming to Staples Mill Road.

It will be two-stories, just over 36,000 feet, and 11 acres. The temple will be next to a 16,000 square foot meetinghouse.

“Gosh, when we heard a temple was coming, we screamed with joy!” said Shelece Nance, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint.

The temple is a big deal for Nance and her family.

“It truly strengthens our families,” Nance said. “It’s a place where we go that we learn and we truly feel like we can feel the Spirit of God.”

Nance, her husband, and five sons drive two hours to go to the temple in Washington, the closest temple. The family is excited that one of their church’s holiest buildings will soon be close to home.

“I can go there with my family and feel the Spirit and draw closer to our heavenly father,” said Marshall Nance.

Once the temple is done Latter-day Saints in Virginia, eastern West Virginia and northeastern North Carolina will attend. A groundbreaking date hasn’t been released.

“This temple will greatly bless both our members and the communities in which we live,” said Mike Waters, the Church’s local director of public affairs in the Richmond area.

There 100,000 members of the church in Virginia. Construction is expected to take about two to three years. The temple hopes to open its doors by 2022.

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