Cedar City Utah Temple
Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking not announced
The Cedar City Utah Temple is currently in the planning and approval phase. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
Renderings of the Cedar City Utah Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
No site location has been officially announced for the Cedar City Utah Temple. However, during the weekend of the announcement, numerous members drove to visit the presumed location for the temple—Beacon Hill on the north side of Leigh Hill.1 The hill rises high on the west side of the city, commanding a beautiful view of the mountains to the east.
In September 2012, 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, located at approximately 300 S Cove Dr, the following November.2 The proximity of the location to the airport has generated some concern.
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.3
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. Sam Penrod and Carole Mikita, "LDS General Conference draws to a close," KSL.com 7 Apr. 2013, 7 Apr. 2013
2. "Cedar City Planning Commission Minutes," Cedar City, Utah 4 Sept. 2012, 7 Apr. 2013
3. 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.