Payson Utah Temple Groundbreaking Announced
On September 7, 2011, the Church announced that the Payson Utah Temple groundbreaking will take place on October 8, 2011.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside at the 9:00 a.m. meeting. Other information about the groundbreaking will be released as it becomes available.
The new temple will help meet the needs of a growing Church membership in the area, serving approximately 22 stakes from Spanish Fork to Nephi comprising approximately 78,000 Church members.
It will also ease the heavy use of the nearby Provo Utah Temple, which is one of the busiest in the Church. Temple-going members in the area have been driving to Provo or Manti, Utah, for temple services.
The Payson Temple will bring the number of operating and announced temples in Utah to 15. It is the third temple in Utah County, preceded by the Provo Utah Temple (1972) and the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple (1996).
It was first announced on January 25, 2010, by President Thomas S. Monson.
“Temples answer those soul-searching questions of the purpose of life, of why we are here and where we are going,” he said. “They are sanctuaries from the storms of life and bless the lives of members of the Church who worship within their sacred walls.”
The announcement was reiterated the following April during general conference.
The 20-acre temple lot is located at approximately 930 West and 1550 South on the southwest side of Payson and includes a gentle slope. The temple will be adjacent to a recently constructed meetinghouse. Renderings of the temple and site plan will be released once they are approved.