President Spencer W. Kimball presides at the groundbreaking and site dedication for the Jordan River Temple on June 9. Thousands of Saints from the Salt Lake City area attended the ceremony.
Layton Construction Co. of Salt Lake City was awarded the contract for the temple with a low bid of $12,548,000. Church officials had expected construction bids to be around $15 million. Three days before the groundbreaking, the First Presidency announced that funds had been received to cover the cost of building the temple.