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LDS Temple To Be Built in Moses Lake

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This month President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that eight new temples would be built across the globe, including one in Moses Lake.

It will be the fourth temple in Washington. The others are in Spokane, Bellevue and Richland.  According to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints there are about 290,000 Latter-day Saints throughout the state.

Ryan Tolley, stake president in Moses Lake, said there are more than 4,000 Latter-day Saints in Moses Lake, which is a city of about 23,300.

“All the temples are pretty busy, especially the one in Tri-Cities, that’s the one the people in Moses Lake go to. It’s filled to capacity,” he said. “There’s clearly a need.”

He said a location for the new temple has yet to be decided, as well a construction date.

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About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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