Announcement:4 April 2021
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:18 June 2022 by Quentin L. Cook
Site:13.3 acres | 5.4 hectares
Architectural Features:Two attached end towers
Ordinance Rooms:Four instruction rooms, four sealing rooms, and two baptistries
Total Floor Area:81,000 square feet | 7,525 square meters
Elevation:4,506 feet | 1,373 meters
"I love this beautiful valley," said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on a windy Saturday morning at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithfield Utah Temple. "I have seen much of the world, but this peaceful valley surrounded by these majestic mountains always feels like home to me. It is among the most beautiful places on earth." Elder Cook was accompanied by Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve, both of whom were raised in Cache Valley. They expressed their delight in the construction of a second temple for the valley, joining the historic Logan Utah Temple. Plans call for the construction of a three-story temple on a 13.3-acre parcel at N 800 West and W 100 North in Smithfield, which had been farmed by the LaMont Poulsen family for more than 160 years. In his site dedicatory prayer, Elder Cook said, "Our hearts are full of appreciation for those who have gone before us and who have laid the foundation for a temple in northern Cache Valley." He added, "We pray that this temple will be a beacon light for the communities it serves."1
On November 24, 2021, an official exterior rendering was released for the Smithfield Utah Temple.
On June 10, 2021, the site for the Smithfield Utah Temple was announced as a 13.3-acre parcel located at the intersection of N 800 West and W 100 North. Plans call for a three-story temple of approximately 81,000 square feet.2
Plans to construct the Smithfield Utah Temple were announced by President Russell M. Nelson on April 4, 2021, at the 191st Annual General Conference. The temple will be the second to be constructed in the Cache Valley, joining the Logan Utah Temple—dedicated in 1884. At the time of the temple's announcement, Utah had 2.1 million Church members, which was roughly two-thirds of the state’s population of 3.3 million residents. It was the 26th temple announced for the state of Utah.3
The Smithfield Utah Temple will be the twenty-sixth temple built in Utah and the second built in Cache County, following the Logan Utah Temple (1884).
- Trent Toone, "Apostle prays Smithfield Utah Temple will be ‘a beacon light’ at groundbreaking near his hometown," Deseret News, 18 Jun. 2022.
- "New Temple Site Locations Announced in Three Western US States," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 10 Jun. 2021.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "At April 2021 Conference, Prophet Announces 20 More Temples to Be Constructed," 4 Apr. 2021.