Deseret Peak Utah Temple
Recent News Articles
- May 23, 2021 – Scott Taylor: How a hasty exit from a temple groundbreaking is emblematic of faithful service
- May 15, 2021 – Deseret Peak Utah Temple Construction Underway
- March 25, 2021 – Temple CUP clears planning commission
- February 28, 2021 – How a tiny Utah community fought off an LDS Church housing project and lost a temple
- January 21, 2021 – How moving the Tooele temple halted a recount battle
- January 19, 2021 – Church of Jesus Christ renames temple planned for Tooele Valley, announces new location
- January 19, 2021 – Tooele residents check out new Latter-day Saint temple site
- January 19, 2021 – Tooele Valley Temple Relocated and Renamed
- December 7, 2020 – Tooele County restaurant will close after more than two decades of business
Forming the Deseret Peak Utah Temple Footings
Crews are forming the footings for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple, starting with the partial basement. The forms will be filled with concrete and steel to create a firm foundation. The temple and meetinghouse complex sits in the northwest corner of Tooele, just south of a private golf course and up the road from Clarke N Johnsen Junior High.
Building a New Road South of the Deseret Peak Utah Temple Site
On the south side of the Deseret Peak Utah Temple site in Tooele, heavy machinery is preparing the subbase for a new road that will intersect with 400 West. On the east side of the property, the chain-link fencing is coming down, which will be replaced with a more substantial construction barrier. The temple footprint has been carved out of the soil, and deeper excavation for the partial basement in the northwest corner is underway.
Excavation for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple Begins
Heavy machinery arrived at the Deseret Peak Utah Temple site in Tooele this week, and excavation efforts have officially begun. The first phase of the project moved overhead power lines underground and prepared the property for major construction. Okland Construction is the general contractor, which recently completed the Pocatello Idaho Temple and is currently building the Taylorsville Utah Temple—both the same general floor plan as the Deseret Peak temple.
Signage Posted at the Deseret Peak Utah Temple Site
A black privacy screen and construction signage has been attached to the chain link fence that surrounds the Deseret Peak Utah Temple site. Over the past couple of months, contractors have been busy digging utility trenches and installing electrical transformers so that overhead power lines can be moved underground. More trailers have been delivered to the property as the time draws near for major construction.
Making Utility Runs at the Deseret Peak Utah Temple Site
Since last month's groundbreaking was held for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple in Tooele, work has been focused on digging utility trenches and installing underground concrete utility vaults inside the chain-link fence that surrounds the perimeter of the property. Additional equipment arrives regularly including construction trailers, mounted generator, and large dumpster.
Ground Broken for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple
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."
Preparing for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple Groundbreaking
The site for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple has been beautifully prepared for this Saturday's groundbreaking event, which will be streamed live for those who wish to participate online. Attendance at the temple site is strictly by invitation. The street leading to the site (400 West) will be closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the service, and drones should not be flown near the property either before or during the proceedings. The Deseret Peak Utah Temple will join five other temples under construction in Utah and two more that are under renovation.
Deseret Peak Utah Temple Conditional Use Permit
Following a public hearing on Wednesday, March 24, the Tooele City Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve an application for a conditional use permit for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple site. The permit allows for the 17-acre site at the west end of 2400 North to be used for construction of the 70,000-square-foot temple and a 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse with plentiful parking and landscaping.
Deseret Peak Utah Temple Groundbreaking Announced for May
Ground will be broken for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple, located west of the intersection of 2400 North and 400 West in Tooele, in May 2021. Elder Brook P. Hales of the Quorum of the Seventy will preside. The three-story, 70-000-square-foot temple and a 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse will be constructed at the site. Due to state and local guidelines, attendance at the event will be limited to invited guests only. Video and photographs of the service will be distributed to the media and public after the groundbreaking has been held.
New Name and Location Announced for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple
The Tooele Valley Utah Temple will now be known as the Deseret Peak Utah Temple and be constructed west of the intersection of 2400 North 400 West in Tooele. The change comes in response to circumstances at the previously announced location and opportunities at the new location. The exterior and interior designs for the 70,000-square-foot temple remain the same, and an adjacent 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse will still be constructed. Project leaders will immediately begin the process of obtaining approvals from the local government.
First Presidency Statement Issued on Tooele Valley Utah Temple Project
This afternoon, the First Presidency issued the following statement regarding the Tooele Valley Utah Temple: "We acknowledge the efforts of those who have raised questions and sincere concerns about the Tooele Valley Temple project, including the residential development surrounding the temple. There is a sincere desire on the part of the Church to avoid discord in the community. Therefore, regardless of the outcome of a pending signature-gathering effort, we have determined to withdraw our rezoning request for the residential portion of the temple project. We look forward to working with local officials and community members to determine next steps to move forward with the construction of the temple. We hope those from all viewpoints on this matter will treat one another with kindness, civility, and Christlike love."
Repeal of Rezoning Sought for Residential Development in Erda
Over 1,600 of the required 2,445 signatures have been gathered and verified on petitions for a referendum to repeal the rezoning approved by Tooele County commissioners for the subdivision proposed for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple and a surrounding higher-density planned community. Petition sponsors emphasize that they are not against the temple but that they would like to retain the low-density one-acre zoning. If enough signatures are gathered, however, it could delay construction for at least a year since June 2021 is the earliest time that the rezoning could be placed on a ballot. The outcome of that vote could ultimately alter plans for the temple and the surrounding development.
Groundbreaking Committee Formed for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple
A groundbreaking committee that has been organized for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple is preparing for a ceremony at the end of August, but a referendum by Tooele County residents could delay the service or even alter plans for the temple according to Church officials interviewed by the Tooele Transcript Bulletin. If enough signatures are gathered to place the rezoning for the temple development on a ballot, the groundbreaking will be delayed for certain. The outcome of that potential vote could ultimately alter construction plans.
Renderings Released for Planned Residential Community in Tooele Valley
Renderings have been released ahead of a public hearing by the Tooele County Planning Commission where an application to rezone the 167 acres surrounding the Tooele Valley Utah Temple will be considered. Residential development is proposed for the area including single-family homes, 55+ active adult communities, and large open spaces. "We are committed to developing a vibrant neighborhood where people of different ages and income levels will enjoy living within walking distance of the temple. The temple’s timeless architecture and manicured grounds will be a beautiful, enduring central feature of the community for all who will live there, regardless of religious affiliation," said Ashley Powell, managing director of Investment Properties.
Interior Renderings of the Tooele Valley Utah Temple Released
The interior design planned for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple has been revealed in a series of renderings showing a sealing room, the Celestial Room, an endowment room, the baptistry, and the recommend desk. "These beautiful renderings depict the care and attention to detail that will go into the construction of this house of the Lord," said Brent Roberts, managing director of the Church’s Special Projects Department. "We believe this will be a place where Latter-day Saints in the Tooele Valley and beyond can go to obtain peace and divine direction in their lives."
Concept Plan for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple
A concept plan for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple has been submitted with a rezoning application for the 167 acres of Church-owned property in Erda, Utah, where the temple and an adjoining meetinghouse will be constructed. Several housing developments and open spaces have been proposed for the property surrounding the temple grounds. The temple is anticipated to be similar in size and dimensions to the Pocatello Idaho Temple. A question-and-answer meeting was recently held with Tooele-area priesthood leaders and representatives from Church headquarters. No groundbreaking date has been scheduled, but it may be held as early as this fall.
Tooele Valley Utah Temple to Be Constructed in Erda
The location of the Tooele Valley Utah Temple has been officially announced as northwest of the intersection of Erda Way and Highway 36 in the community of Erda. The temple will be a three-story building of approximately 70,000 square feet with an adjacent 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse. Once detailed plans have been finalized, interior and exterior renderings will be released. Project leaders will soon begin work with government officials and will submit public documents in the coming months. No groundbreaking date has been announced.