Cedar City Utah Temple
Excavating for foundation; anticipated to be completed in late 2017
Site: 7.3 acres.
Total Floor Area: 42,657 square feet.
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 8 August 2015
Ground was broken for the Cedar City Utah Temple on Saturday, August 8, 2015. Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy presided. He was joined by Elder Kent F. Richards of the Seventy and executive director of the Temple Department and Elder Dane Leavitt of the Seventy. "As we break ground, symbolically today," said Elder Clayton, "we remember the founders of Cedar City 167 years ago and remember the broken picks and broken shovels. We stand on their shoulders. They endured much to prepare the area's foundation for a city they would never see." Services were broadcast live to the 17 stake centers in the temple district, allowing Latter-day Saints across the region to participate in the historic event.
The Cedar City Utah Temple will serve members from 17 stakes located in southern Utah and eastern Nevada: Beaver Utah Stake, Cedar City Utah Canyon View Stake, Cedar City Utah Cross Hollow Stake, Cedar City Utah Married Student Stake, Cedar City Utah North Stake, Cedar City Utah Stake, Cedar City Utah West Stake, Cedar City YSA 1st Stake, Cedar City YSA 2nd Stake, Ely Nevada Stake, Enoch Utah Stake, Enoch Utah West Stake, Escalante Utah Stake, Minersville Utah Stake, Panaca Nevada Stake, Panguitch Utah Stake, and Parowan Utah Stake.
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, following the Provo City Center Temple, which is currently under construction. 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.