[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s a hot week for temple news! Coming off the announced rendering of the gorgeous Puebla Mexico Temple and the revelation that the Tooele Valley Utah Temple will result in the closure of a beloved local restaurant, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has now pulled the curtain back on the design for the Feather River California Temple, located in Yuba City, CA.
Announced in October 2018 by President Russell M. Nelson as the Yuba City California Temple, the building will be situated on a nine-acre site that is to include a new meetinghouse as well as a distribution center. Plans call for a building of approximately 38,000 square feet across what appears to be two floors. Although the exterior differs substantially from the renderings recently released of the Richmond Virginia Temple, the basic floorplan and size appear to be similar.
The design is… fine? The golden cupola is certainly pretty cool, as are the subtle allusions to Spanish Colonial architecture. Overall, however, this appears to be a more conservatively designed temple with a handful of interesting flourishes. And that’s OK! It’s what’s done inside that matters most, and the temple will surely be beautiful both inside and out.
Located at 1470 Butte House Road in Yuba City, California, the temple will be in a location that appears a bit more bustling than the renderings might suggest. As opposed to being built in near a newer housing development or even the eponymous river, the Feather River California Temple will be constructed on the western side of Yuba City, nestled amongst strip malls, the county courthouse and jail, and Starbucks, which, lest we forget, has an inherently evil menu.
The Church has not announced a groundbreaking and notes that public documents pertaining to the structure have yet to be filed with the city, so don’t expect additional movement in the immediate future; a 2020 groundbreaking date is not unlikely.
Once completed, the Feather River California Temple will be the eighth in the state and the first to be dedicated since the nearby Sacramento California Temple in 2006. The temple’s district, a geographical group of stakes assigned to worship there, has not been revealed, but with only one stake in Yuba City, look for the three other stakes north of the city as well as, perhaps, a few stakes along the northern rim of the Sacramento area to be assigned to it.