The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah

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As of January 1, 2016, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) reported 2,040,178 members[1] in 583 stakes,[2] one district,[2] 5,033 Congregations[1] (4,971 wards[3] and 334 branches[3]), and ten missions.[1] As of April 2018, there are 19 temples operating, under construction, or announced in Utah.[1]

History[edit]

A brief history can be found at LDS Newsroom (Utah) or Deseret News 2010 Church Almanac

Membership history[edit]

Utah LDS membership

Though the LDS Church membership in Utah has increased, the percentage of Utahns who are Latter-day Saints has declined. Much of this is due to the rapid growth of the state. In 2008, the US Census Bureau determined Utah to be the fastest growing state in the country in terms of population growth.[4]

Year Membership
1920 272,000
1930 309,400
1940 356,500
1950 470,400
1960 634,600
1970 757,100
1978 907,866
1989 1,305,000
1999 1,604,686
2008 1,857,667
2012 1,936,074

Missions[edit]

Due to nonmembers coming into the state, Utah officially became a mission field with its own headquarters in 1975 when the Utah Salt Lake City Mission was organized. Previously, full-time missionaries worked in parts of Utah under the leadership of missions headquartered in other states.

Utah currently has 9 missions and a Missionary Training Center.

Mission Organized
Utah Ogden Mission July 1, 1975
Missionary Training Center October 26, 1978
Utah Salt Lake City Mission July 1, 1980
Utah Provo Mission January 1, 1989
Utah Salt Lake City Temple Square Mission April 5, 1995
Utah Salt Lake City South Mission July 1, 1998
Utah Saint George Mission July 1, 2010
Utah Salt Lake City Central Mission July 1, 2012
Utah Salt Lake City West Mission July 1, 2012
Utah Salt Lake City East Mission July 1, 2013

Temples[edit]

Utah currently has 16 operating temples, 2 temples that have been announced, and 1 temple under renovation.

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St. George, Utah, US
January 31, 1871
April 6, 1877 by Daniel H. Wells
November 11, 1975 by Spencer W. Kimball
110,000 sq ft (10,000 m2) and 175 ft (53 m) high on a 6 acre (2.4 ha) site
Castellated Gothic - designed by Truman O. Angell
A private dedication was held on January 1, 1877 by Erastus Snow. The original tower of 147 feet was disliked by Brigham Young and was struck by lightning and burned to its base after Young's death. It was rebuilt according to Young's original design with a 175 ft (53 m) tower.

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Logan, Utah, United States
1863
May 17, 1884 by John Taylor
March 13, 1979 by Spencer W. Kimball
119,619 sq ft (11,113 m2) and 170 ft (52 m) high on a 9 acre (3.6 ha) site
Castellated Gothic - designed by Truman O. Angell

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Manti, Utah, United States
June 25, 1875
May 21, 1888 by Lorenzo Snow
June 14, 1985 by Gordon B. Hinckley
100,373 sq ft (9,325 m2) and 179 ft (55 m) high on a 27 acre (10.9 ha) site
Castellated Gothic - designed by William H. Folsom
Wilford Woodruff performed a private dedication on May 17, 1888.[5]

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
July 28, 1847
April 6, 1893 by Wilford Woodruff
253,015 sq ft (23,506 m2) and 222 ft (68 m) high on a 10 acre (4 ha) site
Gothic, 6-spire - designed by Truman O. Angell
The Salt Lake temple was dedicated in 31 sessions held between April 6 and 24, 1893.

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Ogden, Utah, US
August 24, 1967
January 18, 1972 by Joseph Fielding Smith
September 21, 2014 by Thomas S. Monson
115,000 sq ft (10,700 m2) and 180 ft (55 m) high on a 18.3 acre (7.4 ha) site
Modern, single-tower design - designed by Emil B. Fetzer
The temple was closed for 3 1/2 years to undergo renovations that significantly modified the look of the building.[6][7] Following an open house from August 1 to September 6, 2014, the temple was rededicated on September 21, 2014.[8][9]

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Provo, Utah, US
August 14, 1967
February 9, 1972 by Joseph Fielding Smith
128,325 sq ft (11,922 m2) and 175 ft (53 m) high on a 17 acre (6.9 ha) site
Functional modern with single center spire design - designed by Emil B. Fetzer
Harold B. Lee read the dedicatory prayer prepared by Joseph Fielding Smith

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South Jordan, Utah, US
3 February 1978
16 November 1981 by Marion G. Romney
20 May 2018 by Henry B. Eyring
148,236 sq ft (13,772 m2) and 219 ft (67 m) high on a 15 acre (6.1 ha) site

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Bountiful, Utah, US
April 6, 1991
January 8, 1995 by Howard W. Hunter
104,000 sq ft (9,700 m2) and 176 ft (54 m) high on a 11 acre (4.5 ha) site
Classic modern, single-spire design - designed by Allen B. Erekson

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American Fork, Utah, US
October 3, 1992
October 13, 1996 by Gordon B. Hinckley
107,240 sq ft (9,963 m2) and 190 ft (58 m) high on a 16.7 acre (6.8 ha) site
Classic modern, single-spire design - designed by Allen Erekson, Keith Stepan, and Church A&E Services

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Vernal, Utah, US
February 13, 1994
November 2, 1997 by Gordon B. Hinckley
38,771 sq ft (3,602 m2) on a 1.6 acre (0.6 ha) site
Adaptation of Uintah Stake Tabernacle - designed by FFKR Architects

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Monticello, Utah, United States
October 4, 1997
July 26, 1998 by Gordon B. Hinckley
November 17, 2002 by Gordon B. Hinckley
11,225 sq ft (1,043 m2) and 66 ft (20 m) high on a 1.33 acre (0.5 ha) site
Classic modern, single-spire design - designed by Church A&E Services

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Draper, Utah, United States
October 2, 2004
March 20, 2009 by Thomas S. Monson
57,000 sq ft (5,300 m2) and 168.67 ft (51 m) high on a 12 acre (4.9 ha) site
The 12th temple dedicated in Utah, the Draper Utah Temple has been operating since March 2009.

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South Jordan, Utah, United States
October 1, 2005
August 23, 2009 by Thomas S. Monson
60,000 sq ft (5,600 m2) and 183 ft (56 m) high on a 11 acre (4.5 ha) site
13th temple in Utah and 130th LDS temple.

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Brigham City, Utah, United States
October 3, 2009
September 23, 2012 by Boyd K. Packer
36,000 sq ft (3,300 m2) and 165 ft (50 m) high on a 3.14 acre (1.3 ha) site
Announced by Thomas S. Monson in General Conference, October 3, 2009.[10][11]

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Payson, Utah, United States
January 25, 2010
June 7, 2015 by Henry B. Eyring
96,630 sq ft (8,977 m2) on a 10.63 acre (4.3 ha) site
Announced by Thomas S. Monson on January 25, 2010. A public open house was held from April 24-May 23, 2015, excluding Sundays, and the temple was dedicated in three sessions on June 7, 2015.[12][13]

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Provo, Utah, US
October 1, 2011
March 20, 2016 by Dallin H. Oaks
85,084 sq ft (7,905 m2) and 150 ft (46 m) high
Announced by Thomas S. Monson on October 1, 2011[14][15][16] LDS spokesperson reported that it will be called the Provo City Center Temple.[17]

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Cedar City, Utah, United States
April 6, 2013
December 10, 2017 by Henry B. Eyring
39,802 sq ft (3,698 m2)
Announced by Thomas S. Monson on April 6, 2013[18]

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Saratoga Springs, Utah
April 2, 2017
Announced by Thomas S. Monson on April 2, 2017[19]

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Layton, Utah, USA
April 1, 2018
Announced by Russell M. Nelson on April 1, 2018[20]

Communities[edit]

Latter-day Saints had a significant role in establishing and settling communities within the "Mormon Corridor", including the following in Utah:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d LDS Newsroom (Statistical Information)
  2. ^ a b LDS Church Growth Blog
  3. ^ a b LDS Meetinghouse Locator.Nearby Congregations (Wards and Branches).
  4. ^ Utah is Fastest Growing State Archived 2009-04-23 at the Wayback Machine.. Press Release by US Census Bureau. Dated 22 December 2008. Accessed 23 December 2008.
  5. ^ Satterfield, Rick, "Manti Utah Temple", Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LDSChurchTemples.com, retrieved October 11, 2012
  6. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher (February 17, 2010), "'Somewhat dated' LDS temple to get new look", The Salt Lake Tribune
  7. ^ Ogden Utah Temple, LDSChurchTemples.com, retrieved October 8, 2012
  8. ^ "Ogden Utah Temple Will Be Rededicated in September 2014".
  9. ^ "News Release: Ogden Utah Temple Rededicated by President Thomas S. Monson", Newsroom [MormonNewsroom.org], LDS Church, September 21, 2014
  10. ^ "President Thomas S. Monson: 'Welcome to Conference'", Deseret News, October 3, 2009, retrieved 2012-11-06.
  11. ^ Talor, Scott (October 4, 2009), "Brigham City among five new locales for LDS temples", Deseret News, retrieved 2012-11-06.
  12. ^ "New Temples To Open in 2015", Newsroom, LDS Church, December 12, 2014
  13. ^ "Payson Utah Temple Dedicated: The 15th temple in Utah and 146th in the world", Newsroom, LDS Church, June 7, 2015
  14. ^ Walker, Joseph (October 1, 2011), "LDS general conference opens with the announcement of six new Mormon temples", Deseret News, retrieved November 9, 2012.
  15. ^ "Mormon church president announces plans for new temples in Utah, Wyoming, Colombia, Africa". Washington Post. Associated Press. October 1, 2011. Retrieved October 5, 2011..[dead link]
  16. ^ "New Temples Announced for France, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Colombia, Utah and Wyoming", Newsroom (News Release), LDS Church, October 1, 2011, retrieved November 9, 2012.
  17. ^ Walker, Joseph (March 23, 2012), "It's official: the Provo City Center Temple", Deseret News, retrieved November 9, 2012.
  18. ^ Walker, Joseph (April 6, 2013). "LDS react with joy to temples announced in Cedar City, Rio". Deseret News. Retrieved 6 April 2013..
  19. ^ "President Monson Announces Five New Temples: Mormon temples to be built in South America, Africa, Philippines and US". Newsroom. LDS Church. 2 April 2017.
  20. ^ "Seven Temples Announced as April 2018 General Conference Closes: Mormon temples to be built in Asia, Europe, North and South America". Newsroom. LDS Church. 1 April 2018.
  21. ^ http://archive.sltrib.com/article.php?id=5403049&itype=CMSID

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