Saratoga Springs Utah Temple

From MormonWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
The Saratoga Springs Utah Temple. ©2023 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

The Saratoga Springs Utah Temple was announced by then-Church President Thomas S. Monson on April 2, 2017, during the Sunday morning session of general conference.

The Utah temple is located in the new Beacon Pointe subdivision, west of Redwood Road and north of Meadow Side Drive. The three-story temple of approximately 87,000 square feet sits on a 22.7-acre site near the western shores of Utah Lake. An adjacent 21,000-square-foot meetinghouse also sits on the property.

The Saratoga Springs Utah Temple is the eighteenth temple built in Utah and the fifth built in Utah County, following the Provo Utah Temple (1972), the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple (1996), the Payson Utah Temple (2015), and the Provo City Center Temple (2016).

Saratoga Springs is a recently established Utah community, incorporated in 1997, located on the west side of Utah Lake in northern Utah County. Church membership in Saratoga Springs and the bordering communities of Lehi and Eagle Mountain has grown rapidly over the past twenty years.

On September 5, 2019, an official rendering of the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was released with the announcement of the groundbreaking ceremony.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Saratoga Springs Utah Temple

Elder Craig C. Christensen, then–Utah area president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple in northern Utah County, about 40 minutes south of downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Members of the Area Presidency were also in attendance.

Latter-day Saint and community leaders, along with local clergy, attended the traditional ceremony. Guests were invited to turn over a spade of dirt using ceremonial shovels. The event marked the beginning of the construction of the temple. The public living in the general area was invited to watch the proceedings, which were broadcast to local meetinghouses.

Elder Christensen expressed the love of President Russell M. Nelson and the senior leaders of the Church when he said, "We are gathered here under their direction." He also said he walked the temple site about a month ago, and after he had "absorbed the prominence of this particular setting, [he] started to picture in [his] mind’s eye the construction of the temple over the coming months." Then something more important occurred. He said, "I started to think about what will take place within the walls of the temple once it is completed and dedicated, the sacred ordinances and covenants that will be administered here. I realized, in a more profound way, how this particular temple will bless many individuals and families, including your children, your marriages, your families, and, especially, many of your ancestors." He continued, "This is the place where your children and families will be protected from the evils that are ever present in the world today, and to make sacred covenants with the Lord."

Saratoga Springs resident Jennifer Raventos said her family is excited to have the temple literally in their backyard. She said, "We’ve been excited ever since President Monson announced the temple two and a half years ago. The temple, to me, is a place that represents everything that is important; it represents our testimony of Jesus Christ and the strength of the family. It represents all that we believe in."

Elder Walter F. González, a counselor in the Utah Area Presidency, commented that the temple is a reminder, especially for those living near the temple. He said, "Just by watching and seeing from their windows, the temple will remind them of the invitation that we just received from President Nelson on making an appointment with the Lord and being faithful."

President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, shakes hands with Sister Olufunmilayo Ojediran, wife of Elder Adeyinka A. Ojediran of the Seventy, as he arrives for the dedication of the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple. Also pictured are Elder Hugo E. Martinez, General Authority Seventy and first counselor in the Utah Area Presidency; Sister Nunia Martinez; and Bishop L. Todd Budge of the Presiding Bishopric. ©2023 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Open House

On November 21, 2022, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the open house and dedication dates for the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple.

After a media day held on April 10, 2023, and a private open house for invited guests (April 11–14, 2023), a public open house began Saturday, April 15 and concluded on Saturday, July 8, 2023.

The design cues and color palette of the temple are inspired by the blues, purples, golds, and greens of surrounding flora and fauna, such as wildflowers, marsh grass, reeds and the snowy egrets.

The finest materials and workmanship have gone into the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple, from imported mahogany and marble to custom art-glass windows and crystal chandeliers — finishes designed to enhance the experience for those who come to worship in this holy place.[1]

Dedication of the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple

President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency dedicated the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple on Sunday, August 13, 2023, in three sessions (9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. MDT). The dedicatory sessions were broadcast to all units in the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple district.

The Saratoga Springs Utah Temple is the Church's 179th dedicated temple, and the first of six to be dedicated in a period of less than two months, with three scheduled for September 17 and two on October 8, 2023.

Church members “have been given this temple as a sign of the Lord’s trust ... and His confidence that [they] will respond with greater faith and energy,” President Eyring told the Church News. “This temple is where you can draw more often on the powers of temple covenants. He knows your hearts. He knows your desire to be lifted and to become a more righteous people — just as the world becomes more contentious and fallen.”

Picture Gallery of Saratoga Springs Utah Temple

Temples in Utah

External Links

Videos about Temples and the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple