Bountiful Utah Temple

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Bountiful Utah Temple

The Bountiful Utah Temple is the 47th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Bountiful Temple is the eighth temple constructed in the State of Utah. The history of this temple site began back in 1897, when John Haven Barlow Sr. purchased forty acres of land from the United States government. Because of lack of water and the steep terrain, there was little that could be done with the land. In 1947 some of the land was cleared and four hundred apricot trees were planted. In the spring of 1983, flash flooding caused a great deal of damage in Bountiful, resulting in the decision to build a dam across the canyon to limit the flow of water during heavy rainstorms. The city requested the use of the soil from the future temple site, so construction crews removed over two hundred thousand cubic yards of soil, leaving the area an ideal spot on which the Latter-day Saint temple would later be built. [1]

After considering numerous sites for the temple, the final decision was made on April 3, 1988, by the First Presidency of the Church. Four years later in May of 1992, the groundbreaking took place, and on January 8, 1992, President Howard W. Hunter dedicated the Bountiful Utah Temple. Two hundred thousand members of the Church of Jesus Christ attended the dedicatory sessions, more than had ever previously attended a temple dedication.

In addition to offering the prayer at the first of twenty-eight dedicatory sessions, President Hunter spoke briefly during the 8:00 AM session and presided over cornerstone sealing activities that began an hour earlier. President Gordon B. Hinckley, First Counselor in the First Presidency; President Thomas S. Monson, Second Counselor in the First Presidency; and President Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, also spoke at the dedicatory and cornerstone ceremonies.

President Howard W. Hunter and his wife, center, join President and Sister Hinckley, left, President and Sister Monson, right, and Elder W. Eugene Hansen and his wife, far right, at cornerstone ceremony at the Bountiful Utah Temple. Behind President Hunter is Lowell Hardy, President Hunter’s personal secretary. (Photography by Jed Clark.)

The twenty-eight dedicatory sessions, one for each stake within the temple district, were held throughout the week of January 8–14, with every baptized, worthy member of the Church in the Utah North Area invited to participate either at the temple or at off-site locations.

The Bountiful Utah Temple has a total of 104,000 square feet, four ordinance rooms, and eight sealing rooms.


  1. "Bountiful Utah Temple Site History", by Barlow

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