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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held For Red Cliffs Utah Temple

Nov 7, 2020, 5:07 PM
A rendering of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.)...
A rendering of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.)
(Intellectual Reserve, Inc.)

ST. GEORGE, Utah — A small groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The gathering took place on Saturday with a limited audience.

Officials said the temple will be built on a 14-acre site northeast of 3000 East 1580 South in St. George.

Church President Russell M. Nelson announced plans to build a second Washington County temple in the October 2018 General Conference. The St. George Utah Temple was opened in 1877. The 143-year-old structure has been undergoing renovations.

On June, 19, 2020, the First Presidency released the official name of the temple: the Red Cliffs Utah Temple.

The three-story, 90,000-square-foot structure marks the 2nd temple to be built in St. George and the 25th temple for the state of Utah.

Shovels used to break the ground of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple on Saturday, November 7, 2020. (Intellecutal Reserve, Inc.) Local Church leaders in Utah participate in the groundbreaking of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple on Saturday, November 7, 2020. Attendance at the event was limited because of current COVID-19 social guidelines. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.) Jacquelin Espinoza Ramos, a resident of Page, Arizona, speaks at the groundbreaking of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple on Saturday, November 7, 2020. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.) A rendering of the planned Red Cliffs Utah Temple at the groundbreaking ceremony of the temple on Saturday, November 7, 2020. The temple will be a three-story building of approximately 90,000 square feet. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.) Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and native of St. George, Utah, presided at the temple groundbreaking and offered the dedicatory prayer on Saturday, November 7, 2020. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.) Elder Craig C. Christensen, Utah Area President, and his wife, Debbie (left), Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and his wife, Patricia, participate at the groundbreaking of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple on Saturday, November 7, 2020. (Intellecutal Reserve, Inc.) Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Patricia, talk to media at the groundbreaking of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple on Saturday, November 7, 2020. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.) A limited number of guests attend the Red Cliffs Utah Temple groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, November 7, 2020. Attendance at the event was limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.) Local Church leaders in Utah participate in the groundbreaking of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple on Saturday, November 7, 2020. Attendance at the event was limited because of current COVID-19 social guidelines. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.)

The St. George Utah Temple, which was closed November 4, 2019 for renovations, was the first completed temple in Utah. Officials said it’s expected to reopen in 2022.

Additional temples have been announced in Lindon, Syracuse and Tooele Valley.

The Layton, Orem, Saratoga Springs and Taylorsville temples are currently under construction.

Officials said a video recording for the temple groundbreaking would be made available to the public within a few days, and details for the open house and temple dedication will be announced at a future date.

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