Groundbreaking for LDS Church’s Layton Temple is set for May 30

(Courtesy The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) This artist's rendering shows the new LDS temple that will be built in Layton. Groundbreaking on the site is set for May 30, 2020.

Ground will be broken on May 30 for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ new temple in Layton, church officials announced Thursday.

The three-story, 87,000-square-foot temple will be built on an 11.8-acre site on the corner of Oak Hills Drive and Rosewood Lane in Layton. The site was announced in July, and a rendering of the new temple was released in October.

The church has 17 temples in Utah, and has six more in some stage of development: Layton, Orem, Saratoga Springs, Taylorsville, Tooele Valley and Washington County.

The church Thursday also announced an April 11 groundbreaking for a temple in Richmond, Va. — the first in that state — and a May 2 groundbreaking in Alabang, Philippines, a country that has seven temples announced or completed.

Latter-day Saints view temples as Houses of the Lord, places where faithful members participate in their religion’s highest rites.