Jordan River Utah Temple
20th operating temple
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Address10200 South 1300 West
South Jordan, Utah 84095-8814
Telephone: (+1) 801-254-3003
ServicesClothing rental available
NO patron housing available
NO distribution center nearby (Store Locator)
Announcement:3 February 1978
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:9 June 1979 by Spencer W. Kimball
Public Open House:29 September–31 October 1981
Dedication:16–20 November 1981 by Marion G. Romney
Public Open House:17 March–28 April 2018
Rededication:20 May 2018
Exterior Finish:Cast stone with white marble chips. Although the tower appears to be of the same material, it actually contains fiberglass in a product called cemlite in order to reduce weight
Ordinance Rooms:Six ordinance rooms (stationary) and sixteen sealing
Total Floor Area:148,236 square feet
The beautifully white Jordan River Utah Temple stands in the southern Salt Lake Valley, 2 miles west of I-15. It is the namesake of the Jordan River, which flows about a mile east of the temple on its course through the valley. At the entrance to the temple, visitors are greeted by a striking water fountain, which spouts among vividly colored flowers and shrubs. The grounds are open to all who wish to the feel the peace that surrounds this holy building.
The Jordan River Utah Temple was the seventh temple built in Utah and the second built in the Salt Lake Valley, following the
4th operating templeSalt Lake Temple (1893).
The Jordan River Utah Temple and the
130th operating templeOquirrh Mountain Utah Temple (2009) were the first pair of temples to be built in the same city.
The Jordan River Utah Temple was the only temple dedicated by President Marion G. Romney, who served as second counselor in the First Presidency.
The Jordan River Utah Temple is the highest capacity temple in the Church with six ordinance rooms each seating 125 patrons.
The Jordan River Utah Temple is one of five temples featuring an angel Moroni statue holding the gold plates. (The other four temples are the
10th operating templeLos Angeles California Temple,
16th operating temple; closed for renovation; interior and exterior work progressingWashington D.C. Temple,
19th operating templeSeattle Washington Temple, and México City México Temple.)
Among the busiest temples in the Church, the Jordan River Utah Temple operates six large ordinance rooms. (Only three other temples have six ordinance rooms: the
14th operating templeOgden Utah Temple,
15th operating templeProvo Utah Temple, and
16th operating temple; closed for renovation; interior and exterior work progressingWashington D.C. Temple.)
The Jordan River Utah Temple was originally named the Jordan River Temple.
Plans to construct the Jordan River Utah Temple were announced by President Spencer W. Kimball at a news conference.
At the time that the Jordan River Utah Temple was announced, about half of all of the endowments performed in the Church took place in three of the sixteen operating temples: the
4th operating templeSalt Lake Temple, the
14th operating templeOgden Utah Temple, and the
15th operating templeProvo Utah Temple.
The construction of the Jordan River Utah Temple and its maintenance costs for many years were funded entirely by monetary donations from local members. The temple site was likewise gifted to the Church.
At the unconventional groundbreaking ceremony of the Jordan River Utah Temple, President Spencer W. Kimball delivered his address, offered the dedicatory prayer, and then mounted a huge Caterpillar tractor. He put into action his oft-quoted admonishment to "lengthen our stride" by operating the controls to move a giant shovelful of dirt.
Just hours before the dedication of the Jordan River Utah Temple, news correspondents announced that President Spencer W. Kimball, who was recovering from surgery and a lengthy hospital stay, would likely be confined to his room at the Hotel Utah during the dedication services. But with tears of joy, he was welcomed to the Celestial Room just before the ceremony commenced.
The Jordan River Utah Temple closed for an extensive renovation on February 15, 2016. The general floor plan remained the same, but selective interior walls came down to accommodate remodeling of the Celestial Room, bride's room, initiatory areas, and the baptistry including the addition of a separate baptistry entrance. The entire interior and exterior were refreshed and beautified with new furnishings, finishes, carpet, artwork, and murals. Escalators were replaced with staircases. Outdated mechanical and electrical systems were replaced with modern equipment including plumbing, heating, and air conditioning. The roof was replaced, and seismic upgrades were made. Modifications to the landscaping has beautified the temple grounds.