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Grading the Layton Utah Temple Site

Mother duck and her ducklings have moved on from the Layton Utah Temple site, allowing the entire property to be cleared and rough graded. Construction trailers are lined up along East Oakhills Drive inside the chain-link fence that surrounds the perimeter of the nearly 12-acre parcel. The 87,000-square-foot temple has been designed with towers rising over each end of the building, similar to the nearby Brigham City Utah Temple.

Site Clearing Underway for the Layton Utah Temple

The once-green pasture on Oakhills Drive where the Layton Utah Temple will be constructed is quickly turning to dirt as heavy equipment clears the site of vegetation. There is one grassy patch, however, that remains undisturbed. It is the nest of a mother duck who has laid eggs on the temple property and continues brooding her young. A "fowl line" surrounds the roost in the form of caution tape, warning construction workers away from the area until the eggs have hatched and mother and ducklings have moved on.

Layton Utah Temple Groundbreaking Video Released

Elder Craig C. Christensen, president of the Utah Area, presided at last week's groundbreaking ceremony for the Layton Utah Temple. The video of that service has now been released. "We are very grateful to join you from this impressive and beautiful site," said Elder Christensen during his remarks. "Like every temple, it is the product of the faith of Latter-day Saints who live in this area, and around the world. It reflects our faith in Heavenly Father’s great plan of happiness, and in His Son Jesus Christ, including His Atonement and Resurrection."

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Layton Utah Temple Held Early

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Layton Utah Temple, which had originally been scheduled for Saturday, May 30, was held a week early and recorded so that a video of the proceedings could be released online. Church spokesperson Irene Caso said: "Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the need to limit public gatherings, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints determined a traditional groundbreaking for the Layton Utah Temple, with invited guests, was not prudent. The First Presidency assigned the Utah Area Presidency to conduct a small-scale groundbreaking, held Saturday, May 23, so that construction could proceed."

Activity at the Layton Utah Temple Site

With six weeks remaining before the groundbreaking of the Layton Utah Temple, activity is increasing at the temple site. The fence around the property has been removed, and heavy equipment is arriving including an excavator and a loader. Plenty of pipe has been delivered that will carry utilities to the temple. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled to take place on May 30, 2020.

Layton Utah Temple Groundbreaking Announced

On Saturday, May 30, 2020, the groundbreaking ceremony will be held for the Layton Utah Temple. The service will be broadcast to stake centers in the temple district, and attendance at the temple site will be by invitation only. Elder Craig C. Christensen, president of the Utah Area, will preside. The three-story, 87,000-square-foot temple will be constructed at the corner of Oak Hills Drive and Rosewood Lane in Layton. A preliminary subdivision plat and an application for a conditional use permit were brought before the Layton City Planning Commission in November.

Exterior Rendering Released for the Layton Utah Temple

As project leaders prepare to file plans and public documents for the Layton Utah Temple with the City of Layton, an official rendering of the three-story, 87,000-square-foot House of the Lord has been released to the public. No groundbreaking date has yet been determined.

Site Location Announced for the Layton Utah Temple

The site of the Layton Utah Temple has been announced through an official news release as an 11.8-acre property located at the corner of Oak Hills Drive and Rosewood Lane on the southeast side of Layton. Plans are still being developed for a three-story building of approximately 87,000 square feet. Project leaders will begin filing public documents with the City in the coming months. The official rendering will be released at a later date. No groundbreaking date has been announced.