MIAMI/FT. LAUDERDALE– The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that the groundbreaking ceremony for a temple in South Florida will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. The temple site is located on the northeast corner of Interstate 75 and Griffin Road on SW 154th Avenue in Davie, Florida.

Due to parking constraints, attendance at the ceremony will be by invitation only; however, proceedings of the groundbreaking will be broadcast by satellite to South Florida meetinghouses to accommodate those who wish to attend.

Plans to construct the Ft. Lauderdale Temple were first announced by Church President Thomas S. Monson on October 3, 2009. It will be the first Mormon Temple in South Florida and the second in Florida, following the Orlando Temple, which was dedicated in 1994. The temple will serve approximately 25,000 Church members from congregations in Stuart to the Florida Keys as well as members living in Ft. Myers, Naples and in the Bahamas.

“It is so gratifying to see South Florida have a temple. This temple is a result of many efforts by those serving in our area,” says M. Anthony Burns who is serving as the chairman of the temple groundbreaking committee. “Having a temple in South Florida will not only bring blessings to our members but peace and comfort as well.” Burns is the former CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Ryder System, Inc., and is currently serving as an Area Seventy for the Church.

Mormon temples differ from the Church’s chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” and are used by faithful members of the Church for marriages, baptisms and ordinances intended to provide eternal family relationships. Temples are open throughout the week and closed on Sundays. The Church currently has 134 operating temples around the world. Once construction is complete and prior to dedication, the public will be invited to tour the new temple during an open house period that is expected to last a few weeks.