Layton Utah Temple
Russell M. Nelson, president and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced that a temple will be built in Layton, Utah, during the Sunday afternoon session of the 188th annual general conference in April 2018. Plans call for a three-story temple of more than 87,000 square feet.
The temple will be built on an 11.8-acre site located at the corner of Oak Hills Drive and Rosewood Lane on the southeast side of Layton City, about 25 miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah. The city of Layton is located in Davis County, a growing region of Northern Utah where members are organized into 64 stakes. The Church had recently announced that the Utah Salt Lake City Mission would be reorganized as the Utah Layton Mission. The property for the temple was acquired by the Church on Friday, 30 March 2018, two days before the temple was announced.
Utah currently has 17 operating temples. The Layton Utah Temple will be the nineteenth temple built in Utah and the second temple built in Davis County, following the Bountiful Utah Temple (1995). In addition to the Layton Utah Temple, temples have also been announced in Orem, Saratoga Springs, Taylorsville, Tooele Valley, and Washington County.
On 8 October 2019, an official exterior rendering showing the planned design of the Layton Utah Temple was released. The release of the rendering comes as project leaders are preparing to file additional public documents relating to plans for the temple’s design.
Small-Scale Groundbreaking Ceremony Conducted
Irene Caso, spokesperson for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made the following statement in response to media inquiries regarding the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Layton Utah Temple. she said:
- Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the need to limit public gatherings, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints determined a traditional groundbreaking for the Layton Utah Temple, with invited guests, was not prudent. The First Presidency assigned the Utah Area Presidency to conduct a small-scale groundbreaking, held Saturday, 23 May 2020, so that construction could proceed.
Elder Craig C. Christensen presided at the ceremony.
Latter-day Saints and friends in the community are invited to view a recording of the proceedings that will be made available online next week at the official Newsroom website.