Monticello Utah Temple
53rd operating temple
Physical Address365 North 200 West
Monticello, Utah 84535
Mailing AddressP.O. Box 520
Monticello, UT 84535-0520Telephone 435-587-3500
Announcement: 4 October 1997
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 17 November 1997 by Ben B. Banks
Public Open House: 16–18 July 1998
Dedication: 26–27 July 1998 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Public Open House: 2–9 November 2002
Rededication: 17 November 2002 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Site: 1.33 acres donated by Ernest and Paul Sonderegger.
Exterior Finish: Turkish off-white marble.
Ordinance Rooms: Two ordinance rooms (two-stage progressive) and two sealing.
Total Floor Area: 11,225 square feet.
Located about 60 miles south of Moab, Utah—a recreational hot spot for bikers, hikers, and river runners—the Monticello Utah Temple sits on a gently rising slope on the west side of the little town of Monticello. In the distance, the enchanting Abajo Mountains play backdrop to the temple and the adjacent meetinghouse, joined by a shared parking lot. Patrons come from the Four Corners region.
The Monticello Utah Temple was the first of the new generation of smaller temples as conceived by President Gordon B. Hinckley.
The Monticello Utah Temple was the eleventh temple built in Utah.
The Monticello Utah Temple was constructed in just eight months and nine days, the fastest construction time of all the operating Latter-day Saint temples.
The Monticello Utah Temple originally supported a white angel Moroni statue atop its spire. The six-foot statue, sculpted by LaVar Wallgren, was a design created for the Hinckley-inspired smaller temples that depicts the prophet in his youth blowing a trumpet with his right hand and holding a scroll in his left.
On May 25, 1999, the white angel Moroni originally installed atop the Monticello Utah Temple was replaced with a taller, gold-leafed Moroni, as directed by Church officials, when it became apparent that the statue seemed to disappear from sight on cloudy days. The original white angel was transported to the Church History Museum for storage.
At just 7,000 square feet, the Monticello Utah Temple was once the smallest temple of the Church, accommodating a single ordinance room and a single sealing room.
Just fours years after its dedication, the Monticello Utah Temple was rededicated in 2002 after an expansion project that added a second ordinance room, second sealing room, entrance canopy, waiting room, additional offices, and a laundry.