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RICHMOND, Va. – Leaders with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Sunday the organization planned to build a temple in Richmond.

The news came during the final day of the church’s 188th annual general conference, in Salt Lake City.

Virginia’s first temple would be one of seven new sanctuaries the church planned to build, on four different continents in North and South America, Europe and Asia. The other locations include: Layton, Utah, Argentina, Nicaragua, India, the Philippines and a yet-to-be determined city in Russia.

“We want to bring temples closer to the expanding membership of the Church,” Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell M. Nelson said

According to the church's website, missionaries first came to the Commonwealth in the 1840s.

Virginia is currently home to nearly 100,000 Latter-day Saints, according to the church.

WTVR CBS 6 reached out to city officials about the announcement and representatives said they would provide more information Monday morning.

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