Announcement:7 April 2019
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:15 May 2021 by Brook P. Hales
Site:17.98 acres | 7.3 hectares
Exterior Finish:Cast stone
Architectural Features:Single attached central tower
Ordinance Rooms:Four instruction rooms, four sealing rooms, and one baptistry
Total Floor Area:70,000 square feet | 6,503 square meters
Elevation:4,623 feet | 1,409 meters
A beautiful spirit descended upon Utah's Tooele Valley this morning at the groundbreaking service for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple. Elder Brook P. Hales of the Quorum of the Seventy presided at the event. In his site dedicatory prayer, he asked: "Please bless all that will live in this temple district that they will feel the godly power of this sacred edifice." About two hundred Church members and invited guests attended at the temple site on Saturday morning under blue skies. The three-story temple will be approximately 70,000 square feet. A 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse will also be built on site in the northwestern section of Tooele. Elder Hales prayed, "Help us that through the Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we might be prepared and worthy to enter Thy sacred house to receive the blessings of exaltation available for ourselves and for our ancestors."1
The Deseret Peak Utah Temple will be a three-story building of approximately 70,000 square feet. Plans also call for the construction of an adjacent 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse. The exterior of the temple will be clad in cast stone with copper shingles. Inspiration for the architectural details was drawn from nearby historic tabernacles. Several flowers native to the Tooele Valley will be featured in the art glass and throughout interior and exterior including cliffrose and silvery lupine.2
On April 7, 2020, an official exterior rendering was released for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple. On April 28, 2020, a series of interior renderings were released.
On January 19, 2021, the new name and location for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple was announced. The temple will be constructed in the community of Tooele, west of the intersection of 2400 North 400 West.3
Utah's twenty-first temple was announced for Tooele Valley on April 7, 2019, at the Sunday Afternoon Session of General Conference by President Russell M. Nelson. There are twelve stakes organized in the valley with stake centers located in the communities of Tooele, Stansbury Park, Grantsville, Lake Point, and Erda. In recent years, Church membership has grown steadily in the county with members driving over 30 miles to participate in temple worship at the Salt Lake Temple.4
The Deseret Peak Utah Temple will be the twenty-first temple built in Utah and the first built in Tooele County.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Deseret Peak Utah Temple Construction Underway," 15 May 2021.
- "Interior Renderings Released for Deseret Peak Utah Temple," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 28 Apr. 2020.
- "Tooele Valley Temple Relocated and Renamed," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 19 Jan. 2021.
- "Prophet Announces Eight New Temples at April 2019 General Conference," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 7 Apr. 2019.