Red Cliffs Utah Temple
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- October 16, 2023 – Open House and Dedication Dates Announced for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple
Open House and Dedication Dates for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple
The First Presidency has announced the open house and dedication dates for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple. President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, will dedicate the temple in two sessions on Sunday, March 24, 2024. The public open house will be held Tuesday, January 30, through Saturday, March 2, 2024, excluding Sundays. Before the public open house, a media day will be held on Monday, January 29. Invited guests will tour the temple on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 30 and 31.
Delivery Trucks Arrive at the Red Cliffs Utah Temple
Delivery trucks have been spotted at the Red Cliffs Utah Temple, which is being furnished and prepared for its future opening (no open house and dedication dates have been announced). A United States flag now flies on a flag pole on the east side of the grounds. During the construction of the temple and the renovation of the St. George Utah Temple, Washington County members have attended the temples in Cedar City and Las Vegas.
The Glory of God on Display at the Red Cliffs Utah Temple
A richly vivid rainbow materialized over the Red Cliffs Utah Temple this week under the warming tones of the golden hour. When God established His covenant with Noah, he said: "And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you" (Genesis 9:14-15). The rainbow is suggestive of the sacred covenants that will be made in this House of the Lord once it is dedicated.
Landscaping Nearly Completed at the Red Cliffs Utah Temple
Landscapers at the Red Cliffs Utah Temple grounds are planning to wrap up work in the next few weeks. The missionary trailer will be moved off site shortly afterward, and the missionary couple will be relocated to another facility. Interior finish work is well advanced, as is the installation of stained glass. The mild winter temperatures and sunny skies in St. George has allowed construction to move forward without interruption.
Hot-Air Balloon Festival Held Near the Red Cliffs Utah Temple
Hot-air balloons filled the sky near the Red Cliffs Utah Temple this weekend for Washington City's Up and Away Hot Air Balloon and Music Festival. Stained glass is being installed in the temple, and plenty of interior finish work remains. With portions of the exterior lighting system in operation, photographers have captured beautiful images of the landmark building in the evenings.
Red Cliffs Utah Temple Exterior Lighting
The Red Cliffs Utah Temple is a celestial sight under the warm glow of the exterior lighting system that is being installed and tested. Adjustments will be made over the coming weeks until the building is fully and properly lit. Panes of stained glass are being installed in the steeple, and many more plants and trees are being added to the grounds. On the rear side of the temple, a staircase has been installed that leads from the sidewalk to the south plaza.
Glass Installed in the Red Cliffs Utah Temple Steeple
Glass has been installed in the window openings of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple steeple where stained glass will be added in the future. The steeple features coordinating arched openings higher on the steeple that will remain open. The rest of the curbing has been poured for the east parking lot, and some pavement has been laid. Hardscaping of the grounds is advancing including several walkways and a concrete patio that connects the front portico with the entrance plaza. Trees and plants are regularly planted while work on the interior progresses steadily.
Tree-Studded Entrance to the Red Cliffs Utah Temple
Dozens of royal palms have been planted along the private drive that offers vehicular access to the Red Cliffs Utah Temple grounds and parking areas from George Washington Boulevard. Lamp posts have been installed in the west parking lot, joining the trees that have taken residence in the parking lot islands. Ornamental fencing continues on the grounds while millwork has started on the interior.
West Side View of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple
Beautiful trees and shrubs are getting established in a garden strip on the west side of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple, which lies directly in line with the center of the building. A matching feature is planned for the east side. More concrete curbing has been poured for the east parking lot and for the north entrance off George Washington Boulevard. The mechanical housing at the southeast corner of the building has been faced with ledge rock.
Palm Trees Planted at the Red Cliffs Utah Temple
A dozen royal palms have been planted leading to the entrance of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple. The trunks have been staked, and the heads will remain tied for several weeks while the roots are established. Several other tree varieties have been planted in the parking lot islands on the west side, and curbing is being poured for the lot on the east side. Fence posts surround the temple grounds as the work of installing the ornamental fence continues.
Adding the Decorative Window Panels to the Red Cliffs Utah Temple
Construction of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple continues to move forward inside and out. On the exterior, decorative spandrel panels are being installed between the rows of windows, but no stained glass has arrived yet. On the grounds, fence columns, planters, and water features are being clad while surface preparation is underway for the east parking lot. Numerous trees have been delivered for planting that sit along the north wall. Inside, tradesmen are working quickly to finish the 96,277-square-foot interior.
Red Cliffs Utah Temple Monument Sign
The carefully coordinated monument sign for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple sits on the north end of the temple grounds where patrons will see it as they enter the parking lot. Directly behind the sign is a short wall faced with ledge rock that will support the ornamental fence. The entrance plaza hardscape continues to progress, which will feature three calming infinity pools. Two of the pools are located in front and behind the circular planter that lies at the center of the plaza.
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.