Salt Lake City, Utah (AP) The Mormon Church has announced a $8.5 billion plan to build a new $2.5 trillion Bible that will span the United States from California to the Texas border.
The new monument is scheduled to be completed by 2026, according to a statement from the church.
The monument will be called the Salt Lake Temple, and the church has committed to donating all proceeds from the monument to the National Institutes of Health.
The first monument, also called the First Presidency Center, was built by the LDS Church in 1852.
In the new document, the church said it will “use the proceeds of the Salt Palace Temple to provide financial support for the construction of the new Salt Lake temple and for the National Park Service and other public and private projects related to the restoration of the Great Salt Lake.”
The church also said it is developing a $1 billion plan for the Utah State Capitol.
The church said the project is part of the Church’s effort to build temples throughout the U.S. and around the world.
The Utah state government has committed $25 million for the temple and is in the process of raising funds for it.
“This project is a monumental undertaking that will be transformative for Utah and will serve as the cornerstone of the restoration and expansion of the Mormon faith and mission,” LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson said in a statement.
The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake News, Salt River Project, First Presidency, and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contributed to this report.