Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple

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Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple
Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple in May 2009.
Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple in May 2009.
Number 130 edit data
Dedication 21 August 2009 (21 August 2009) by
Thomas S. Monson
Site 11 acres (4.5 hectares)
Floor area 60,000 sq ft (5,600 m2)
Height 183 ft (56 m)
Preceded by Draper Utah Temple
Followed by Vancouver British Columbia Temple
Official websiteNews & images

Coordinates: 40°33′4.121999″N 111°59′15.03600″W / 40.55114499972°N 111.9875100000°W / 40.55114499972; -111.9875100000

Oquirrh Mountain Temple nearly complete

The Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple is a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) located in South Jordan, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. South Jordan was the first city in the world to have two temples (it also has the Jordan River Temple). The temple was the fourth in the Salt Lake Valley and the 13th in the state of Utah.

The Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple serves approximately 83,000 Latter-day Saints living in the western Salt Lake Valley. The building is faced with light beige granite quarried and milled in China.

Temple construction and dedication[edit]

The Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple was built on a bluff on the edge of the Daybreak Community;[1][2] the property was donated to the church by Kennecott Land, a portion of a company that mines copper and precious minerals from the Oquirrh Mountains, just a few miles west of the temple. The edifice features a single stone spire 193 feet (59 m) high, topped by a 9-foot (2.7 m) statue of the angel Moroni. Ground was broken for construction on 16 December 2006.[3] At the groundbreaking it was announced the structure would be named the "Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple"; it had previously been known as the "South Jordan Utah Temple".[4]

Located on an 11-acre (45,000 m2) site, the temple sits at the foot of the Oquirrh Mountains that form the western edge of the Salt Lake Valley and faces east toward a panoramic view of the Wasatch Mountains. From the site, visitors can see the other three temples in the valley: the Draper, Jordan River and Salt Lake temples.

On June 13, 2009, the spire was struck by lightning during a thunderstorm. The statue of the angel Moroni was tarnished, and was replaced on August 11, 2009.[5][6]

Prior to dedicatory services that took place on August 21–23, 2009, the public was invited to tour the new temple during an open house from June 1, 2009 to August 1, 2009.[7]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hinckley, Gordon B. (November 2005), "Opening Remarks", Ensign, retrieved 2012-10-15 
  2. ^ "News Story", Newsroom (LDS Church), 1 October 2005, retrieved 2012-10-15  |chapter= ignored (help)
  3. ^ Moore, Carrie A. (17 December 2006). "Ground broken for LDS temple". Deseret News. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  4. ^ "Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple information". Church News. August 29, 2009. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  5. ^ Taylor, Scott (August 11, 2009), "Moroni statue replaced at Oquirrh Mountain Temple", Deseret News, retrieved 2012-10-15 
  6. ^ New Moroni statue placed atop Oquirrh Mountain Temple, KSL.com, August 11, 2009, retrieved 2012-10-15 
  7. ^ "News Story", Newsroom (LDS Church), January 31, 2009, retrieved 2012-10-15  |chapter= ignored (help)

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