Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Cedar City Utah Temple

159th dedicated temple in operation
Cedar City Utah Temple

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280 S Cove Dr
Cedar City, Utah  84720
United States
Telephone:  (+1) 435-572-4150


Clothing rental available
NO cafeteria food served
NO patron housing available
Distribution center nearby (Store Locator)


6 April 2013

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

8 August 2015 by L. Whitney Clayton

Public Open House: 

27 October–18 November 2017


10 December 2017 by Henry B. Eyring


9.5 acres  |  3.8 hectares

Architectural Features: 

Single attached end tower with an angel Moroni statue

Ordinance Rooms: 

Two instruction rooms, three sealing rooms, and one baptistry

Total Floor Area: 

42,657 square feet  |  3,963 square meters

Angel Moroni Raising

The angel Moroni statue was set in place atop the tower of the Cedar City Utah Temple on September 15, 2016, to a large crowd of onlookers.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Ground was broken for the Cedar City Utah Temple on Saturday, August 8, 2015. Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy presided. He was joined by Elder Kent F. Richards of the Seventy and executive director of the Temple Department and Elder Dane Leavitt of the Seventy. "As we break ground, symbolically today," said Elder Clayton, "we remember the founders of Cedar City 167 years ago and remember the broken picks and broken shovels. We stand on their shoulders. They endured much to prepare the area's foundation for a city they would never see." Services were broadcast live to the 17 stake centers in the temple district, allowing Latter-day Saints across the region to participate in the historic event.

Temple Site

Plans for the Cedar City Utah Temple have been presented to the local government for construction on South Cove Drive. On the weekend of the temple announcement, numerous members visited the site—on the north side of Leigh Hill—as it was already understood by many that property had been acquired there for a temple.1

In September 2012, seven months before the announcement, ground on the hill was subdivided into three parcels: a large parcel on the west side of S Cove Dr, a parcel on the east side of the street, and a parcel to the north. The Church finalized purchase of the 21-acre west-side parcel the following November.2 Leigh Hill rises high on the west side of the city, commanding a beautiful view of the mountains to the east.

Temple Announcement

On April 6, 2013, during the Saturday morning session of the 183rd Annual General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced that a new temple would be constructed in the city of Cedar City, Utah. The Cedar City Utah Temple will be the seventeenth in Utah, following the Provo City Center Temple, which is currently under construction. There are nearly two million Church members in Utah.3

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cedar City currently participate in temple ordinances at the St. George Utah Temple, located approximately 50 miles to the south. The St. George temple serves members from 48 stakes in Southern Utah, Eastern Nevada, and Northern Arizona.

Temple Facts

The Cedar City Utah Temple was the seventeenth temple built in Utah.

One of the great temple hymns, High on a Mountain Top, was written by Joel Hill Johnson while living in Enoch, Utah, a suburb of Cedar City.

A youth cultural celebration was held the evening before the dedication of the Cedar City Utah Temple at the Centrum Arena on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

  1. Sam Penrod and Carole Mikita, "LDS General Conference draws to a close," KSL.com 7 Apr. 2013, 7 Apr. 2013 .
  2. "Cedar City Planning Commission Minutes," Cedar City, Utah 4 Sept. 2012, 7 Apr. 2013 .
  3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "New Temples Announced for Cedar City, Utah and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil," 6 Apr. 2013.

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