Washington County Utah Temple site announced

Map Courtesy: LDS Church

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah, Nov. 6, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the location of the Washington County Utah Temple.

The temple, which was announced in October 2018 by Church President Russell M. Nelson, will be built on a 14-acre site located northeast of 3000 E. 1580 South in St. George, said a news release from the LDS Church. Plans call for a three-story temple of approximately 88,000 square feet.

This will be the city’s second temple. The St. George Utah Temple, which was dedicated in 1877, closed Nov. 4, for an extensive renovation. That temple is expected to reopen sometime in 2022.

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“Detailed design plans for the Washington County Utah Temple are still being developed,” the news release said. “Further information — including interior and exterior renderings — will be made public later.”

A groundbreaking date has not been set yet. Project leaders will soon start working with city officials on preliminary plans for the temple, and they will begin filing public documents in the coming months.

Utah currently has 17 operating temples. In addition to Washington County, temples have also been announced in Layton, Orem, Saratoga Springs, Taylorsville, and Tooele Valley. Temples in southern Utah include Monticello, Cedar City and St. George.

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