Washington County Utah Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location officially announced; exterior rendering released; conditional use permit approved by Planning Commission on April 14, 2020; groundbreaking not announced
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Announcement:7 October 2018
Architectural Features:Single attached central spire with an angel Moroni statue
Total Floor Area:96,277 square feet
As of November 2019, the location has been announced for the Washington County Utah Temple, which is in the design and approval stages. Project leaders will soon begin work with government officials and will submit public documents in the coming months. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
The Washington County Utah Temple will be a three-story building of approximately 88,000 square feet.
On April 7, 2020, an official exterior rendering of the Washington County Utah Temple was released. Additional exterior and interior renderings will be made public later.
On November 6, 2019, the location of the Washington County Utah Temple was announced. The temple will be constructed on a 14-acre site located northeast of the intersection of 3000 East and 1580 South in the Washington Fields area of St. George, Utah—the second temple to be constructed in the city. The St. George Utah Temple is located west of I-15, and the Washington County Utah Temple will be east of the interstate.1
The announcement of Utah's twentieth temple came on October 7, 2018, when President Russell M. Nelson announced that a second temple would be constructed in Washington County, Utah. The other temple in Washington County, dedicated in 1877, is the St. George Utah Temple—the oldest operating temple of the restored Church of Jesus Christ. In his announcement remarks, President Nelson also noted that the Pioneer-era temples of the Church would begin to be renovated in the near future. He specifically named the Salt Lake Temple as an upcoming renovation, and a renovation announcement was made for the St. George Utah Temple on May 22, 2019. One other temple operates in Southwestern Utah. The Cedar City Utah Temple was dedicated at the end of 2017.
The seventeen dedicated temples in Utah include the St. George Utah Temple (1877), Logan Utah Temple (1884), Manti Utah Temple (1888), Salt Lake Temple (1893), Ogden Utah Temple (1972), Provo Utah Temple (1972), Jordan River Utah Temple (1981), Bountiful Utah Temple (1995), Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple (1996), Vernal Utah Temple (1997), Monticello Utah Temple (1998), Draper Utah Temple (2009), Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple (2009), Brigham City Utah Temple (2012), Payson Utah Temple (2015), Provo City Center Temple (2016), and Cedar City Utah Temple (2017). Plans have been announced for the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple and Layton Utah Temple. There are 2.1 million Latter-day Saints who live in the state of Utah.2
The Washington County Utah Temple will be the twentieth temple built in Utah and the second built in Washington County, following the St. George Utah Temple (1877).
The Washington County Utah Temple was announced in the 141st anniversary year of the St. George Utah Temple.
The Washington County Utah Temple and the St. George Utah Temple (1877) are the third pair of temples in Utah to be built in the same city, following the Jordan River Utah Temple (1981) and Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple (2009) in South Jordan, Utah; and the Provo Utah Temple (1972) and Provo City Center Temple (2016) in Provo, Utah.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple News Release, "Washington County Utah Temple Site Announced," 6 Nov. 2019.
- "Twelve Temples Announced as October 2018 General Conference Closes," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 7 Oct. 2018.