Cedar City Utah Temple
Local government approval phase; site plan presented at January 2015 meeting; groundbreaking not announced
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. No groundbreaking date has been announced.1
Renderings of the Cedar City Utah Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
Although no site location has been officially announced for the Cedar City Utah Temple, plans have been presented to the City for constructing the temple at 280 South Cove Drive. On the weekend of the temple announcement, numerous members visited the location—on the north side of Leigh Hill—as it was already understood that the property had been acquired by the Church 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.