Feather River California Temple

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A rendering of the Feather River California Temple. ©2019 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

On Sunday, 7 October 2018, during the Sunday afternoon session of the 188th semiannual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson announced that a temple will be built in Yuba City, California. Building and maintaining temples may not change your life, "but spending time in the temple surely will," said President Nelson. He continued, "To those who have long been absent from the temple, I encourage you to prepare and return as soon as possible."

The temple will be built at 1470 Butte House Road in Yuba City, California. An existing meetinghouse on that site will be demolished. Plans call for a temple of just over 38,000 square feet, as well as a new meetinghouse and distribution center to be built next to the temple.

The temple site will cover nine acres, which includes a small parcel of land the Church plans to purchase from Yuba City in the near future. Detailed design plans for the temple are still being developed. Further information — including interior and exterior renderings — will be made public later. A groundbreaking date has not yet been set.

With 767,252 members in 1,278 congregations in California, the Feather River California Temple will be the eighth temple in California and the first temple built in the Northern California city, which is 40-plus miles north of Sacramento, California. The other temples in California are located in Fresno, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Oakland, Redlands, Sacramento, and San Diego.

Yuba City Mayor, Preet Didbal, issued a statement pledging support for the future temple:

"I’m excited The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chose Yuba City to located their next temple. I know the members of the Church in our city, region and Northern California will benefit from this important religious facility. Yuba City is the ideal location for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days to build a temple. Known for our diversity, our city embraces all cultures and religious beliefs. I look forward to working with the Church to ensure a smooth and efficient processing of this project."