Cedar City Utah Temple
Local government approval phase; site plan presented at January 2015 meeting; groundbreaking scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2015
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 8 August 2015
The First Presidency has approved the groundbreaking ceremony for the Cedar City Utah Temple to be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015. Attendance at the site will be by invitation only, but the services will also be transmitted via Internet to stake centers within the temple district to allow everyone to participate. Additional information and invitations for the groundbreaking will be provided by local leaders.
As of February 2015, the Cedar City Utah Temple is in the local government approval phase. A site plan was presented to the City at a meeting held in January for review of the utility, building, and parking locations and for compliance with the building code.1
Renderings of the Cedar City Utah Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
Plans for the Cedar City Utah Temple have been presented to the local government for construction on South Cove Drive. On the weekend of the temple announcement, numerous members visited the site—on the north side of Leigh Hill—as it was already understood by many that property had been acquired there for a temple.2
In September 2012, seven months before the announcement, ground on the hill was subdivided into three parcels: a large parcel on the west side of S Cove Dr, a parcel on the east side of the street, and a parcel to the north. The Church finalized purchase of the 21-acre west-side parcel the following November.3 Leigh Hill rises high on the west side of the city, commanding a beautiful view of the mountains to the east.
On April 6, 2013, during the Saturday morning session of the 183rd Annual General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced that a new temple would be constructed in the city of Cedar City, Utah. The Cedar City Utah Temple will be the seventeenth in Utah, including the Payson Utah Temple and Provo City Center Temple, which are currently under construction, and the Ogden Utah Temple, which is currently undergoing renovation. There are nearly two million Church members in Utah.4
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cedar City currently participate in temple ordinances at the St. George Utah Temple, located approximately 50 miles to the south. The St. George temple serves members from 47 stakes in Southern Utah, Eastern Nevada, and Northern Arizona.
The Cedar City Utah Temple will be the seventeenth temple built in Utah.
One of the great temple hymns, High on a Mountain Top, was written by Joel Hill Johnson while living in Enoch, Utah, a suburb of Cedar City.
1. Rick Holman, "City Manager's Corner," Cedar City This Month, Feb. 2015, 24 Feb. 2015 <http://cedarcity.org/DocumentCenter/View/9102>.
2. Sam Penrod and Carole Mikita, "LDS General Conference draws to a close," KSL.com 7 Apr. 2013, 7 Apr. 2013
3. "Cedar City Planning Commission Minutes," Cedar City, Utah 4 Sept. 2012, 7 Apr. 2013
4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "New Temples Announced for Cedar City, Utah and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil," 6 Apr. 2013.