Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple
49th operating temple
Physical Address742 North 900 East
American Fork, Utah 84003-9124
Mailing Address742 N 900 E
American Fork, UT 84003-9124
Announcement: 3 October 1992
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 9 October 1993 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Public Open House: 6 August–21 September 1996
Dedication: 13–19 October 1996 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Site: 16.7 acres; part of a larger parcel of land that was once a welfare farm.
Exterior Finish: Sierra white granite clad temple with art glass windows and bronze doors.
Ordinance Rooms: Four ordinance rooms (stationary) and eight sealing.
Total Floor Area: 107,240 square feet.
Located in northeast American Fork, the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple stands west of the majestic 11,750-foot Mount Timpanogos, providing the aptly named temple its stunning backdrop. A meetinghouse shares the temple site, which features beautiful grounds open to visitors, who are welcome to take in the colorful foliage, stroll its winding walkways, and feel the spirit of holiness surrounding this magnificent House of the Lord.
No location was specified when the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple was announced in General Conference as a temple for "Utah County." The location was revealed six months later, at the following Conference, as a former Church welfare farm in American Fork.
When the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple was announced, President Gordon B. Hinckley explained that it would relieve demands placed on the Provo Utah Temple, which "is operating far beyond its designed capacity."
The floor plan of the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple is an adaption of the floor plan created for the Bountiful Utah Temple.
Ground was broken for the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple a year after its announcement. Approximately 12,000 people gathered on the temple site for the ceremony. During the services, the location of the Madrid Spain Temple was announced.
On July 17, 1995, a 13-foot-3-inch gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was set atop the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple to an audience of an estimated 20,000, who literally clogged the surrounding streets. Once the statue was in place, the throngs of visitors broke into applause and then spontaneously began to sing The Spirit of God.
A total of 679,217 people toured the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple during the six weeks of its public open house.
The dedication of the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple lasted an entire week with three sessions on Sunday and four on each of the following days for a total of 27 dedicatory sessions.