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Setting Rebar for the Smithfield Utah Temple Footings

Inside the concrete forms for the footings of the Smithfield Utah Temple, rebar is being tied in a uniform grid pattern. The steel bar will strengthen and reinforce the concrete foundations of the building. Work has begun on the front end of the south-facing temple where forms for the portico footings can also be seen. The north end will feature a subbasement level to accommodate the temple's two baptismal fonts.
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Detailed Excavation for the Smithfield Utah Temple

On the western outskirts of Smithfield under a beautiful Cache Valley sunset, construction continues on the Smithfield Utah Temple and maintenance building. Excavation for the temple has become more detailed to prepare for the footings and foundations. And forms have been installed for the foundation walls of the maintenance building, located along the eastern edge of the property.
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Massive Excavation for the Smithfield Utah Temple Foundation

Truckload after truckload of dirt has been hauled away from the Smithfield Utah Temple site as the work of excavation for the foundation continues. The three-story temple will feature a full basement with a subbasement. Northeast of the excavation, footings are being formed for a maintenance building near the existing stake center. The temple sits on the west side of the city surrounded by farmland.
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Construction Activity at the Smithfield Utah Temple Site

Construction activity has ramped up at the Smithfield Utah Temple site, following the groundbreaking ceremony that was held two weeks. The former farmland had a high concentration of organic matter in the loose surface soil, which is being cleared and moved into large dirt mounds to expose the firmer subsoil. A chain-link construction fence with a privacy screen surrounds the site, and trailers for the contractors and on-site missionaries have been hauled on to the property.
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Groundbreaking Held for the Smithfield Utah Temple

"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."
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Preparing for the Smithfield Utah Temple Groundbreaking

On-site preparations have begun for the groundbreaking event that will be held for the Smithfield Utah Temple in less than two weeks. The ground is being cleared and leveled, gas lines have been marked, and audio equipment has been tested. Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside at the ceremony, and he will be accompanied by Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Twelve, who has been in Japan for the reopening of the Tokyo Japan Temple.
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Elder Cook to Break Ground for the Smithfield Utah Temple

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithfield Utah Temple on Saturday, June 18, 2022. He will be accompanied by Elder Gary E. Stevenson, also of the Quorum of the Twelve. The temple will be constructed on a 13.3-acre plot of farmland located at the intersection of N 800 West and W 100 North. Plans call for a three-story structure of approximately 83,000 square feet.
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Exterior Rendering Released for the Smithfield Utah Temple

The official exterior rendering for the Smithfield Utah Temple was released today, featuring a historical design inspired by the pioneer era when the nearby Logan Utah Temple was built. The new three-story temple will be approximately 81,000 square feet and follow a floor plan similar to the Lindon Utah Temple. The temple will be constructed on a 13.3-acre site at the intersection of N 800 West and W 100 North in Smithfield.
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Site for the Smithfield Utah Temple Announced

A 13.3-acre tract of farm land located next to a meetinghouse in the Smithfield Utah North Stake at the intersection of N 800 West and W 100 North (Highway 218) has been announced as the location for the Smithfield Utah Temple. Plans call for a three-story building of approximately 81,000 square feet. It will be second temple in Cache Valley, joining the 137-year-old Logan Utah Temple. No date has been announced for the groundbreaking, and no temple rendering has been revealed.