[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ot off the heels of its announcement in the October 2018 General Conference, the forthcoming McAllen Texas Temple has a home, and it’s conveniently nestled between a Target and a Walmart, so all tribes will be covered! The reveal came on the same day as location announcements for two temples in Utah.
Located at the corner of Second Street and West Trenton Road, the temple will be approximately 25,000 square feet across one level. This puts it on the smaller end of temples, but still larger than the “mini” temples of the Hinckley era and “mini 2.0” that came later, such as Sacramento or Lubbock. A design will come later.
Also on the 10.6 acre site will be a 17,000 square foot meetinghouse, per recent tradition.
The site is fascinating, as it is a seemingly random undeveloped lot surrounded by suburbia. The Church hasn’t announced whether the land was already under the Church’s control or if it is a recent purchase. Either way, it’s remarkable that this lot has remain undeveloped for so many years. Temples are divine!
Unlike recently announced temples elsewhere that are bereft of nearby commercial and diverting activity, McAllen has you covered. You’eve got the aforementioned megastore, Home Depot, Cici’s Pizza, Chick-Fil-Fetching-A, Best Buuuuy, and so much more. Indeed, it appears the temple will built in nexus of northeast McAllen commerce and culture. Who could ask for more?
McAllen is home to two stakes in the immediate area and a few more in the larger expanse. The McAllen metropolitan area is a focal point of immigration and refugee operations in the United States.
The temple will be the fifth in Texas, following those in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Lubbock. The Church has not announced a groundbreaking for the temple, nor revealed its final design. What’s our over/under on the building being topped with a statue of Moroni?