LDS Church Buying Land for Possible Fourth Idaho Temple

LDS Church Buying Land for Possible Fourth Idaho Temple

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- The LDS Church is set to buy the Candleridge Golf Course, but church officials won't confirm whether the land will be used to build a fourth LDS temple in Idaho.

Still, Twin Falls LDS Stake President Dr. Brad Hobbs said having a temple in Twin Falls would be great for the area's Mormon faithful.

"We'd love to have one," he said. "I'm sure the church has certain criteria (for building them). It's decided by the First Presidency if there is going to be an announcement. Once things are decided, I'm sure they'll let us know."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints currently has two temples in Idaho -- Boise and Idaho Falls. Plans for a third temple in Rexburg, home of Brigham Young University-Idaho, are already underway.

Last month, a preliminary drawing of the proposed temple in Twin Falls was presented at a planning and zoning meeting.

Candleridge is a privately owned course on the north side of the city.

Church spokeswoman Kim Farah confirmed the transaction was under way but would not reveal the purchase price.

"It's in the process," she said. "The sale is not final."

LDS temples are reserved only for members certified by their bishops, and used for marriages, proxy baptisms on behalf of dead persons, and other rites, while the denomination's meetinghouses are open to all for Sunday services and other functions.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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