In 2008, President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of a temple in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ground was broken in 2011 for this beautiful new temple, with a design inspired by the Colonial architecture of the area. Now members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the northeastern United States eagerly await the dedication of this new temple in September 2016.
Philadelphia was the site of some of the most momentous events in early American history. It witnessed the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the founding of the first American abolition society, and the drafting of the U.S. Constitution. It also was the first capital of the United States. But the “City of Brotherly Love” also has a Mormon history. Here are 10 significant connections between Philadelphia and the history of the Church, culminating with the new temple.