Ephraim Utah Temple

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President Russell M. Nelson announced the construction of the Ephraim Utah Temple in a prerecorded message played at a press conference held inside the Manti Tabernacle on Saturday, 1 May 2021, in conjunction with an announcement that the murals in the Manti Utah Temple will be preserved as part of an upcoming renovation.

The Ephraim Utah Temple will be the twenty-seventh temple built in Utah and the second built in Sanpete County, following the Manti Utah Temple (1888). Both the Ephraim Utah Temple and the Manti Utah Temple will be located within the boundaries of Manti High School.

On 22 October 2021, the site for the Ephraim Utah Temple was announced as a 9.16-acre parcel located at the intersection of 200 North and 400 East in Ephraim. The location is directly northeast of Snow College, with the temple less than eight miles away from the Manti Utah Temple. Plans call for a two-story temple of approximately 39,000 square feet. The temple will have four 30-seat ordinance rooms, three sealing rooms, and one baptismal font.

The Ephraim Utah Temple will serve more than 31,000 Latter-day Saints in Sanpete, Carbon and Emery counties. This includes Latter-day Saint students who attend nearby Snow College. An existing meetinghouse for young single adults will be adjacent to the temple.

President Russell M. Nelson said the new house of the Lord will be an important addition for the Church's growing membership in the area — including students at Snow College. He said, "We care about their well-being and their future." The Ephraim Utah Temple will be the 252nd temple in the Church.

The Ephraim Utah Temple will serve more than 31,000 Latter-day Saints who reside within the temple district in central Utah.

In addition to Ephraim Utah Temple, the state of Utah has 14 temples in operation, seven under construction, three under renovation, and three more announced.

Groundbreaking for the Ephraim Utah Temple

President Russell M. Nelson presided at the groundbreaking for the Ephraim Utah Temple, held on 27 August 2022. In his remarks to invited guests at the event, he noted, “The history of this area includes my own family. My dear mother was born in Ephraim, a short ways away from where we stand today. My father was born in Manti. Three of my four grandparents were born in Ephraim. All eight of my great-grandparents lived in Ephraim.”[1]

President Nelson was accompanied by his wife, Wendy, Elder Walter F. González, a General Authority Seventy, and Elder Kevin R. Duncan, executive director of the Church’s Temple Department, and their wives. Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox, a native of Fairview, Utah, located 20 miles north of Ephraim, and other government leaders also attended the temple groundbreaking.

Temples in Utah