Rendering Released for Taylorsville Utah Temple, Groundbreaking Announced for Red Cliffs Temple

Image: Intellectual Reserve
Geoff Openshaw

Geoff Openshaw

Utah's march toward temple domination continues, with two new groundbreakings and one new rendering.

Now that’s more like it. After giving us some perfectly fine—if straightforward—designs in Layton, St. George, and Orem, with a bit more adventure in the designs in Tooele and Saratoga Springs, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a rendering for the upcoming Taylorsville Utah Temple, and we likey.

Image: Intellectual Reserve

Structurally, this appears similar to the Tooele Valley Utah Temple, even sharing a planned area of 70,000 square feet across three levels. The primary difference, however, is that the Taylorsville temple evokes the Gothic Revival lines of much older buildings in Utah, notably the Provo Tabernacle, which went on to become the Provo City Center Temple after the tabernacle was destroyed by fire. We did not expect a faux historic look such as this, but it’s cool. And it’s certainly distinct.

It’s becoming cliche at this point, but there’s also no Moroni, and we’re getting a creeping feeling that temples announced October 2018 or later might keep following this trend.

Lest you think the temple’s design aims to blend in with some sort of historic area, the plot upon which it shall be built was occupied by a recently razed church meetinghouse, which sits adjacent to a typical suburban neighborhood, and across the street from an Arby’s and some sort of Sodalicious competitor called Fiiz that seems to embrace classic NBC comedies for its naming conventions.

Anyway, the point is, this looks cool, but it’s not exactly a nod to the area, even though what is now Taylorsville was settled early on as the Saints fanned out across the Salt Lake Valley. Taylorsville City did not incorporate until 1996, and its boundaries include part of Kearns, much to the chagrin of Kearns. The heated Kearns-Taylorsville rivalry dominates west-central valley culture and politics to this day, making West Valley look like a pleasant place to live.

“It’s going to really put Taylorsville on the map. … It’s just going to be wonderful,” she said. “It’s remarkable, and I’m so delighted,” said Taylorsville mayor, Kristie Steadman Overson, apparently unaware that what was once the home of Utah’s only Guitar Center was not enough to mapify Taylorsville. There was also that Mad Greek.

Hey, so enough shade. The temple looks awesome, and Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside over the groundbreaking in October 2020. Elder Gong’s wife, Susan, grew up in Taylorsville.

Hey, so about the freshly rechristened Red Cliffs Utah Temple. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, arguably southern Utah’s most notable favorite son, will preside over a groundbreaking in November. The groundbreaking is invite-only, which probably rules out some of our church cousins from Kanab and Colorado City coming up for it. Bummer.

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