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Rendering of the Orem Utah Temple. ©2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

On 5 October 2019, during his closing remarks at the General Women's Session of the 189th semiannual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson announced that a temple would be built in Orem, Utah. Utah currently has 17 operating temples. In addition to Orem, temples have been announced in Syracuse, Taylorsville, Tooele Valley, and Washington County. Temples in Layton and Saratoga Springs are currently under construction. This brings the total to 24 temples announced, under construction, under renovation or in operation in the state.

On Wednesday, 24 June 2020, the First Presidency of the Church released an exterior rendering of the Orem Utah Temple and announced groundbreaking dates. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, 5 September 2020. Elder Craig C. Christensen, Utah Area President, will preside at the event. Attendance at the site will be by invitation only.

Plans include a three-story edifice of about 70,000 square feet with a center spire. A 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse is to be constructed on the temple site as well. On 11 December 2019, the location of the Orem Utah Temple was announced.The new temple will be located on a 16-acre site at approximately 1471 South Geneva Road in the southwest corner of Orem, just west of I-15 near Utah Valley University.

There are 26 stakes organized in the densely populated community of Orem, located between the Provo Utah Temple and Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple. Attendance is very high at these two temples, which were nearly running at capacity before the Payson Utah Temple and Provo City Center Temple were dedicated. The construction of the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple and Orem Utah Temple will further alleviate demands on these temples and provide more opportunities for temple service among the Saints in Utah County.

The Orem Utah Temple will be the twenty-second temple built in Utah and the sixth built in Utah County, following the Provo Utah Temple (1972), the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple (1996), the Payson Utah Temple (2015), the Provo City Center Temple (2016), and the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple (under construction).