The Bismarck North Dakota Temple is the 61st operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ground was broken for the Bismark Temple on October 17, 1998, despite inclement weather. The Bismarck North Dakota temple district covers about 200,000 square miles (5.0E+5 km2) and serves about 9,000 members. The temple sits on 1.6 acres (0.65 ha). The exterior is finished with granite veneer from Quebec. A gold-plated statue of the angel Moroni, blowing his trumpet, tops the single-spire.