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Spire and Angel Moroni Added to the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

Word spread quickly across St. George today when a crane began to hoist the spire of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple into place atop the body of the steeple. Shortly afterward, a beautiful gold-leafed figure of the angel Moroni took flight to the apex of the spire. The prophet Joseph Smith said of Moroni: "While I was thus in the act of calling upon God…immediately a personage appeared at my bedside. …He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; that God had a work for me to do." (Joseph Smith—History 1:30, 33).

Scaffolding Around the Red Cliffs Utah Temple Steeple

Cladding of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple steeple has been completed, and crews are assembling rows of scaffolding around the structure. This will give them access to the highest part of the building where stained-glass windows will be installed and an angel Moroni statue will be secured to the top. Hardscaping of the temple grounds continue on the north and south sides of the building where extensive plazas and gathering structures are being created.

Red Cliffs Utah Temple Entrance Taking Shape

The expansive entrance plaza under construction at the Red Cliffs Utah Temple continues to take shape. The gathering space will be anchored by a refreshing water feature and flanked by shade structures that coordinate with the building. Multiple planters and garden spaces with create the feeling of a desert oasis. Cladding of the temple portico and steeple is in the final stages.

Fastening Steeple Panels to the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

Precast panel installation has reached the steeple frame on the Red Cliffs Utah Temple, and about half of the entrance portico has been clad. Hardscaping of the entrance plaza continues including the addition of two shade canopies and the side walls for two staircases. At the rear (or south) side of the temple, columns are being installed for a shade structure where friends and family can receive temple patrons who have been sealed.

Building the Entrance Plaza for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

Excavations have been carried out for the entrance plaza at the Red Cliffs Utah Temple in St. George, and most of the footings have been poured. Pipes for the water feature can be seen rising above ground, and a retaining wall is in place on the north end. The main body of the temple has been clad in precast concrete panels, leaving the steeple and the porticos to be completed. The parking surfaces on the west side are paved.

Parking Lot Pavement at the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

Fresh black asphalt has appeared around the south and west sides of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple as the construction crew makes progress on paving the parking lot surfaces. The majority of the main body of the temple has been clad in precast concrete panels including the striking front facade. Installation is underway on a huge drainage pipe, and road construction in the area has increased.

Cotton Plants on the Red Cliffs Utah Temple Honor Southern Utah History

A sculpted pattern of the cotton plant can be seen along the ornamental cornice of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple in honor of the area's settlement history. In 1857, Brigham Young called a group of 38 families who hailed from the American South to establish the City of Washington and to grow cotton in Southern Utah. As the settlements and cotton fields grew, these Southerners began to call the area "Dixie" after their homeland. The nickname was embraced by the region for decades.

Hot-Air Balloons Over the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

It's not an uncommon sight to see colorful hot-air balloons dot the sky over the Red Cliffs Utah Temple as part of their journey over the city of St. George. Passengers delight in seeing the temple from this aerial perspective and often snap a few photos to mark the occasion. Concrete panels continue to be attached to the exterior. The beautiful front facade of the temple has advanced the most including the ornamental parapet.

Inscription Stone Installed for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

High above the front entrance to the Red Cliffs Utah Temple, the inscription stone has been installed over the main window arch at the roofline. It declares Holiness to the Lord and designates the building as The House of the Lord. Framing continues on the interior of the temple, and curbing has been poured for the west parking lot. When the temple is dedicated, St. George will temporarily have the oldest and newest operating temples in the Church.

First Level of Red Cliffs Utah Temple Clad in Precast Panels

A beautiful St. George sunrise backlights the rising Red Cliffs Utah Temple and the precast concrete panels that now clad the first level. On the interior, framing and ductwork continue. Cooling towers have been installed in the mechanical enclosure, which is being covered with corrugated steel. Parking curbing will be poured soon, and work on the maintenance building is also moving forward.

Steeple Frame Installed Atop the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

Over the past several weeks, the frame for the steeple of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple has been assembled—more than doubling the height of the impressive building located on the east side of St. George. The temple will rise even taller once the spire and angel Moroni are installed. Numerous bundles of steel studs sit on the grounds as interior framing progresses on the main level and will soon begin on the upper levels.

Precast Panel Installation Begins at the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

The first two precast concrete panels have been attached to the west side of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple, and several more await in the wings. The deliveries will continue to arrive over the weeks and months ahead, turning the building an earth-toned pink. Construction of the steeple frame continues, and steel backing is in place for the parapet. The pitched roof trusses have been installed over the maintenance building, and concrete has been poured for the bridal party plaza at the rear.

Framing the Red Cliffs Utah Temple Steeple

The first steel columns were set in place today for the steeple of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple, and the first shipments of precast panels have been delivered to clad the exterior. The floor slabs for the first and second levels have been poured, and progress is being made on the foundation and plumbing for the entrance portico and water feature. A photograph taken from a nearby field captures the cranes at work. "For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul" (Doctrine and Covenants 4:4).

Main Floor Slab Poured for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

Surrounded by Southern Utah's breathtaking landscape, the Red Cliffs Utah Temple continues to take form at a riveting clip. The concrete slab has been poured for the main floor while the roof deck is being placed above the top floor. Staircases have been installed, and footings have been set for the front (north) and rear (south) porticos. The next exciting development will be the framing of the steeple.

Gorgeous Sunrise at the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

It was a beautiful morning at the Red Cliffs Utah Temple site on Sunday in St. George. Heavy framing for the structure has reached the top floor, and staircases are now being installed. Guests are welcomed at the visitors' trailer where the missionary couple will share plenty of information and up-close photographs of the project. The concrete block walls are in place for the grounds building, which will have a simple pitched roof.

Installing Floor Decks at the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

As heavy beams and columns continue to frame the infrastructure for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple, long sections of corrugated steel are being laid to form the steel deck pans that will carry the weight of the concrete floor slabs. The main floor deck has been completed, and work is advancing on the second floor. Once the steel frame has been securely anchored to the concrete shear walls, the shoring rods and pads can be removed from around the exterior of the building.

Steel Framing Well Underway for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

With the majority of the concrete shear walls completed for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple, work has begun on the heavy framing. Steel beams and columns are gently lifted and lowered by a luffing crane while crew members fasten the steel pieces together to create the building's infrastructure. The foundation has been backfilled except for the southeast corner where work around the mechanical enclosure continues.

A Breathtaking Moment at the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

The setting sun casts its golden rays toward the sturdy concrete shear walls of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple, located on the eastern edge of St. George. The magical moment marked the end of another work day at the construction site where the crew has finished pouring the basement floor and has also poured footings for the front portico. The shear walls will rise three stories before the structural steel framing begins.

Shear Walls Growing Taller for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

Concrete shear walls on all four sides of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple are reaching the second level of the three-story building. Reinforced with steel bar, the walls will provide significant lateral strength. At the rear (south) side of the temple, eight footings have been poured to support the large portico that will provide shade for wedding parties. Much of the foundation has been backfilled, and the basement floor slab continues to be poured.

Foundation Walls Completed for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

The precisely cast foundation walls for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple have been completed, and the west side has been partially backfilled. Forms have been set for a below-grade mechanical enclosure, and the first forms for the main level walls are rising above the excavation area on the south side. A concrete column just inside the west wall will provide support for the main floor baptistry.

More Foundation Walls Poured for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

Basement walls are forming along the rear side of the north-facing Red Cliffs Utah Temple where the construction crew has been hard at work on building the foundation. Footings have been installed for the exterior walls, and additional footings are being poured inside the roughly rectangular footprint. A curved road on the west side of the property will give passing motorists a nearly straight-on view of the temple.

Basement Wall Forms Placed for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

The first wall forms have been set in place for the foundation of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple. Footings have been poured for about half the temple, and forms are in place for additional pours along the perimeter of the excavation footprint. Several footings have also been poured inside the footprint where high load-bearing capacity is needed to properly support the structure.

Setting Forms for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple Footings

The footprint of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple foundation is now visible inside the excavation area where heavy machinery has carefully carved the outline of the yet-to-built structure. The first forms are being set in place for the concrete footings that will support the weight of the temple over the long aggregate columns that were previously installed.

Deeper Excavation Underway for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

Inside the cavity where the Red Cliffs Utah Temple will be constructed, a deeper and more precise excavation is being carried out by an excavator and dump truck. For the past few weeks, long holes has been drilled into the soil and filled with aggregate that is compacted into the ground, greatly increasing the load-bearing capacity of the site. The property was built up considerably before excavation began as a precaution against flooding.

Excavation Progress for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

In the two weeks since the groundbreaking was held for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple, a crater-like hole has been dug on site. Inside the excavation, crews will soon begin work on building the foundation for the temple. The temple serve the rapidly growing Church membership in Washington County, alongside the St. George Utah Temple.

Red Cliffs Utah Temple Groundbreaking Ceremony Held

"We salute those pioneers who, with sacrifice and sweat, built just a mile or so away the beautiful St. George temple that has provided a symbolic anchor of our faith in this part of the state for a century and a half," prayed Elder Jeffrey R. Holland on November 7, 2020, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple—St. George's second temple. Elder Holland was joined by his wife, Patricia; his son, Elder Matthew S. Holland, General Authority Seventy; Elder Craig C. Christensen, Utah Area President; and other invited guests. The Hollands, who are natives of Southern Utah, were filled with emotion at the joyful occasion. The ceremony marks the start of construction for the beautiful three-story, 90,000-square-foot temple.

Elder Holland to Break Ground on the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

The First Presidency has announced that Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and native of St. George, Utah, will preside at the November groundbreaking for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple, located in St. George northeast of the intersection of 3000 East and 1580 South. The three-story, 90,000-square-foot house of worship will stand on a 14-acre plot of former agricultural land.

Official Name Released for Temple in Washington County

Red Cliffs Utah Temple will be the name of Washington County's second temple, which has previously been known by the project name Washington County Utah Temple. For the past several months, preliminary construction has been underway at the temple site, significantly raising the grade of the property. Members are looking forward to the announcement of the formal groundbreaking.

Dirt Platform Created for Temple in Washington County

Preliminary construction activity has settled down at the site of Washington County's second temple where earth movers have worked for weeks to build up the grade of the property, creating a level mound for the temple and compacting the ground for future roadways. Members are looking forward to the announcement of a groundbreaking date.

Conditional Use Permit Approved for Temple in Washington County

A conditional use permit was approved this evening for Washington County's second temple at a meeting of the City of St. George Planning Commission. A conditional use permit is required for any structure higher than 40 feet. Plans for the 3-story temple call for a primary structure of approximately 70 feet and a steeple structure rising no higher than 230 feet. The site plan shows the 96,000-square-foot temple surrounded by 600 parking spaces and beautiful landscaping with hundreds of trees, prominent water features, ornamental fencing, and a boulevard-style driveway leading into the grounds.