The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Wednesday the date for the groundbreaking for the Orem Temple.
The ceremony will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, under the direction of Elder Craig C. Christensen, Utah Area president. He will be the presiding authority.
Because of current COVID-19 restrictions, arrangements are being made for a video recording of the groundbreaking ceremony to be made available for viewing. More information surrounding the details will be forthcoming.
It may not have an Angel Moroni on top, but the new Orem Temple will be seen by thousands along Interstate 15.
“The city looks forward to the groundbreaking of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Orem Utah Temple. Since the announcement, the church has served as a wonderful partner in addressing concerns and issues associated with development of the temple site,” said Jamie Davidson, city manager. “As a community of faith that prides itself on being family-centered, the temple and associated buildings will be a welcome addition to Orem.”
Orem Mayor Richard Brunst said that while most of Orem will not be able to readily see it, the edifice will be a blessing to the community.
“I’m very excited to have the temple here,” Brunst said. “We are blessed and lucky to have it.”
Brunst notes that the UVX route is close to the temple as is Utah Valley University. He hopes that Utah Transit Authority will have some sort of shuttle from the nearby FrontRunner station to the temple for patrons wanting to attend.
“It’s a beautiful design,” Brunst said. “Even though there is no Angel Moroni on top.”
Brunst and others on the city council were hoping for the iconic symbol of Moroni, a Book of Mormon prophet to be on top like many other temples in the areas and throughout the world. However, the newest temple designs have kept Moroni off.
He believes the LDS Church has taken time to understand the history of the area and that will be manifested in the interior designs of the building. This could include nods to the many orchards of apple, peach and cherry trees.
The new temple will be located on a 16-acre site at approximately 1471 South Geneva Road, west of Interstate 15 and south of University Parkway.
Plans include a three-story temple of about 70,000 square feet with a center spire. A 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse is to be constructed on the temple site as well.
The Orem Utah Temple is one of two Utah temples announced in October 2019 by Church President Russell M. Nelson. Utah currently has 17 operating temples. In addition to Orem, temples have been announced in Syracuse, Taylorsville, Tooele Valley and Washington County.
Temples in Layton and Saratoga Springs are currently under construction. This brings the total to 24 temples announced, under construction, under renovation or in operation in the state.
There are currently more than 2.1 million Latter-day Saints in Utah, which is just under two-thirds of the state’s population of nearly 3.2 million residents.
Latter-day Saints consider temples to be the “house of the Lord.” Temples differ from the church’s meeting houses. Unlike meeting houses, where Sabbath worship and weekly activities take place, temples are open throughout the week and are closed on Sundays.