Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple

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Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple
Mount Timpanogos Temple 1a.png
Number 49 edit data
Dedicated 13 October 1996 (13 October 1996) by
Gordon B. Hinckley
Site 16.7 acres (6.8 hectares)
Floor area 107,240 sq ft (9,963 m2)
Height 190 ft (58 m)
Preceded by Hong Kong China Temple
Followed by St. Louis Missouri Temple
Official websiteNews & images

Coordinates: 40°23′34.02960″N 111°46′14.12399″W / 40.3927860000°N 111.7705899972°W / 40.3927860000; -111.7705899972

Mt. Timpanogos temple during winter.
Mt. Timpanogos temple during lightning storm.

The Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple is the 49th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The temple is located in American Fork, Utah and is the second temple built in Utah County and the ninth in Utah.


The temple was announced by Gordon B. Hinckley, then a counselor in the church's First Presidency, in general conference on October 3, 1992. The exact location, on land in American Fork previously used as a church welfare farm, was announced at the following conference six months later.[1] The Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple overlooks the cities of American Fork, Cedar Hills, Highland and Alpine as well as nearby Utah Lake. Mount Timpanogos, a majestic 11,750-foot peak, and the Wasatch Mountains serve as a backdrop.

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.[1]

Twenty-thousand people attended a ceremony as the angel Moroni statue was lifted to its resting place on the 190-foot (58 m) spire of the temple in July 1995. Once the statue was in place, the throngs of visitors broke into applause and then spontaneously began to sing The Spirit of God.[1]

A total of 679,217 people toured the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple during the six weeks (August 10 – September 21, 1996) of its public open house. More than 800 children's choirs - made up from nearly every ward and branch in the temple district - performed near the front entrance to the temple at least once during the open house.[2]


The Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple was dedicated on October 13, 1996 by LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley. The dedication lasted an entire week with three sessions on Sunday and four on each of the following days for a total of 27 dedicatory sessions.

Before the dedication, Hinckley and his two counselors in the First Presidency, Thomas S. Monson and James E. Faust, applied mortar to the temple's cornerstone. They were followed by Boyd K. Packer, then Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; W. Eugene Hansen of the Seventy and executive director of the Temple Department; Robert J. Matthews, temple president; Stephen M. Studdert, vice chairman of the temple committee; and Hinckley's wife, Marjorie.[3]

A total of 11,617 participated in the first dedicatory session, of which about 2,900 met in the temple. The others attended the session in the American Fork Tabernacle, 12 stake centers in Utah and Wasatch counties, and the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, locations to where proceedings of subsequent sessions were also transmitted. Like any temple dedication, admittance to the other locations was for worthy members of the church with a ticket from their bishops. Speakers for the first session were Hinckley, Monson, Faust and Packer. They were each accompanied to the temple by their wives.[3]

About 38,000 attended the three sessions of dedication on the first day. During the week, Hinckley presided over and spoke in 11 dedicatory sessions, including the cornerstone ceremony. Monson and Faust each presided over eight dedicatory sessions, and each spoke in 11 sessions, which included the cornerstone ceremony. A total of 52 general authorities addressed the sessions, as well as the temple presidency and matron.[3]

Temple facts[edit]

The Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple has a total of 107,240 square feet (9,963 m2), four ordinance rooms, and eight sealing rooms.

The floor plan of the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple is an adaption of the floor plan created for the Bountiful Utah Temple. The temples are nearly identical from the outside, though the spire on each is noticeably different.


Notable presidents of the temple include Robert J. Matthews (1996–99); Rex D. Pinegar (2002–05); L. Edward Brown (2008–11); and Noel B. Reynolds (2011–14);

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Mount Timpanogos Utah LDS Temple". Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mount Timpanogos Temple to open doors to public", Church News, May 18, 1996 
  3. ^ a b c van Orden, Dell (October 19, 1996), "Mount Timpanogos Temple dedicated", Church News 

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