The temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Saratoga Springs, announced in April 2017 by then-church President Thomas S. Monson, will be located in the new Beacon Pointe subdivision, west of Redwood Road and north of Meadow Side Drive.
According to a press release shared Tuesday morning, the church’s plans include a three-story temple that will be approximately 87,000 square feet on a 22.7-acre site. The church also plans to build an adjacent 21,000-square-foot meetinghouse.
The church has not yet released specific details regarding the temple’s design plans, which it said they are still being developed and will be released at a later date. Many Latter-day Saint temple designs incorporate the local landscape and styles, including rich symbolism in carvings, colors, paintings and other decor.
A groundbreaking for the temple site has not been set.
The Saratoga Springs Utah Temple was announced Sunday, April 2, 2017 by Monson at the Sunday morning session of the church’s General Conference.
Those living in Saratoga Springs have been eagerly awaiting any news on their city’s temple location or groundbreaking going on nearly two years. Since Monson’s announcement of another Utah County temple, there had been little to no visual movement on a designated construction site, site plans or designs.
According to county mapping, the LDS Church owns approximately 3,000 acres of land in Saratoga Springs.
However, the church’s Temple Department is known for holding much of its temple building information close to the chest. There is the need for internal church approval, as well and external approvals from cities, planning commissions, city councils and neighbors.
Across Utah, the church has 17 operating temples. Other new temples have also been announced for Layton, Tooele Valley and Washington County.
The Saratoga Springs Temple will be the fifth in Utah County, with two temples in Provo, one in American Fork and one in Payson. The most recent temple constructed in Utah County was the rebuilding of the Provo Tabernacle into the Provo City Center Temple, which opened in 2016.