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

Orem Utah Temple

Site staked; drilling for pier foundation; estimated to be completed in late 2022 to early 2023
Orem Utah Temple

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Location

1471 South Geneva Road (approximate)
Orem, Utah
United States

Announcement: 

5 October 2019

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

5 September 2020 by Craig C. Christensen

Site: 

15.39 acres

Architectural Features: 

Single attached central spire

Total Floor Area: 

70,000 square feet

Groundbreaking Ceremony

A small gathering of 30 attendees broke ground for the Orem Utah Temple on Saturday, September 5, 2020. Elder Craig C. Christensen, president of the Utah Area, presided at the event and said in his remarks: "The Orem Utah Temple will become an added refuge of strength in an increasingly uncertain world—a holy place where we learn and live more fully the great plan of happiness made possible by our Savior, Jesus Christ." Elder Evan A. Schmutz, a member of the Utah Area presidency who grew up in Orem, said: "[The temple] will act as a beacon, drawing the gaze of millions as they pass by this hallowed ground, and inviting the devoted service of hundreds of thousands of faithful Latter-day Saints, as the ordinances of salvation are offered to the living and the dead."1


Temple Rendering

On June 24, 2020, an official exterior rendering of the Orem Utah Temple was released.


Temple Design

The Orem Utah Temple will be a three-story building of approximately 70,000 square feet with a central spire. A 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse will also be constructed at the temple site.


Temple Site

On December 11, 2019, the location of the Orem Utah Temple was announced. The temple will be constructed on a 16-acre tract of land at approximately 1471 South Geneva Road in the southwest corner of Orem, just west of I-15 near Utah Valley University.2 The property was purchased in 2004 from a descendant of Latter-day Saint Niels Williamson who emigrated from Norway in 1870. Three of his great-great-grandchildren watched the groundbreaking for the temple from the fence that separates the temple plot from their own land.3


Temple Announcement

The Orem Utah Temple was announced by President Russell M. Nelson on October 5, 2019, during his closing remarks at the General Women's Session of General Conference. There are 26 stakes organized in the densely populated community of Orem, located between the Provo Utah Temple and Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple. Attendance is very high at these two temples, which were nearly running at capacity before the Payson Utah Temple and Provo City Center Temple were dedicated. The construction of the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple and Orem Utah Temple will further alleviate demands on these temples and provide more opportunities for temple service among the Saints in Utah County.4


Temple Facts

The Orem Utah Temple will be the twenty-second temple built in Utah and the sixth built in Utah County, following the Provo Utah Temple (1972), the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple (1996), the Payson Utah Temple (2015), the Provo City Center Temple (2016), and the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple (under construction).


  1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Groundbreaking Held for Orem Utah Temple," 5 Sept. 2020.
  2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple News Release, "New Temple Site Locations Announced in Texas and Utah," 11 Dec. 2019.
  3. Tad Walch, "Orem Utah Temple to become a defining beacon of peace, leaders say at Saturday groundbreaking," Deseret News, 5 Sept. 2020, 7 Sept. 2020 <https://www.deseret.com/faith/2020/9/5/21423005/orem-utah-latter-day-saint-temple-mormon-lds-groundbreaking-2022>.
  4. "President Nelson Announces Eight New Temples During General Conference," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 5 Oct. 2019.

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49th dedicated temple in operation
Payson Utah Temple
146th dedicated temple in operation
Provo City Center Temple
150th dedicated temple in operation
Provo Utah Temple
15th dedicated temple in operation
Saratoga Springs Utah Temple
Attaching precast concrete panels to exterior; interior framing underway; vapor barrier being attached to meetinghouse and grounds building