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McKinney Texas Temple Site Announced

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the official location for a new temple in North Dallas and a name change on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023.

The temple will be located near 651 Stacy Rd, in Fairview, TX 75069.

The temple, previously announced in October of 2022 as the Prosper, TX Temple is now the McKinney, TX Temple and will serve the northeast Dallas communities. The McKinney Temple will be the eighth temple in Texas, which is home to more than 371,000 Latter-day Saints in nearly 740 congregations.

“We are thrilled to welcome another temple to North Texas,” says Jonathan Cannon, leader of the Church of Jesus Christ in the McKinney area. “This a wonderful community committed to religious diversity and acceptance. We are fortunate to have a temple announced here.”

McKinney is a thriving city located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area that is home to many local religious congregations. According to Best Places, 55.5 percent of the people in McKinney are religious. This includes 15.1 percent Catholic, 10.8 percent Baptist, 6.8 percent Methodist, 3.1 percent Islam, and 1.8 percent members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Church leaders are committed to religious diversity and recently attended the inauguration of the new mosque for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the Dallas area. Local members of the Church also hosts an annual InterFaith Fall festival and have had McKinney Mayor George Fuller attend and declare a Day of Interfaith Co-ooperation and Compassion.

This temple will serve as a sacred place of worship for its members. Temples are different than regular meetinghouses used for worship on Sundays. Temples point Latter-day Saints to Jesus Christ and help strengthen family bonds for time and eternity.

This will be the third temple in the DFW Metroplex, the most in a geographical area outside of Utah. The Fort Worth Temple Groundbreaking occurred in October and was recently reported by the Dallas Morning News. The article states there are approximately 83,000 Church members in the DFW metro area. The Fort Worth Temple is expected to be completed in 2026.

This is also the first year for the DFW area to host Giving Machines, as part of the “Light The World” global initiative to spread the light of Jesus Christ through acts of kindness and charitable giving. People can make donations to local organizations through vending machines, 100 percent of proceeds going to local charities. Marie Osmond is kicking off the event on Wednesday, December 6th at Sundance Square. The machines will also make their way to downtown McKinney on December 19th. More information can be found at Texas Giving Machine.  

The Church is committed to giving back to the McKinney area and surrounding communities, having donated more than 250,000 pounds for local food banks including the Salvation Army of North Texas, Hugs Café, Inc, The Community Food Pantry of McKinney, and many more organizations in the last couple years. The Church has also implemented a volunteer program across DFW known as JustServe and regularly responds during emergency weather situations.

Including McKinney, TX Temple, there are eight total temples announced, under construction, or in operation in Texas. The other seven are found in the cities of Austin, Fort Worth, DallasHoustonLubbockMcAllen, and San Antonio.

This temple will be built on an 8.16-acre site located along Stacy Road adjacent to and east of an existing meetinghouse at 651 East Stacy Road, in Fairview, Texas. Plans call for a multi-story temple of approximately 44,000 square feet. This will be the city’s first temple. 

Located in the south-central United States, Texas was first visited by missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ in 1843. In 1898, about 300 Church members settled on land purchased by the Church in northeast Texas that would become the colony of Kelsey. 

Church growth in Texas has been rapid in recent decades, with more than 132,000 Latter-day Saints in 1985 growing to just over 210,000 in 2000. Today, Texas is home to more than 378,000 members in nearly 750 congregations. 

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