Arguably the most fun about having a temple going up in Yorba Linda, California, is how I, your author, can cast aside any sense of journalistic objectivity and go full-on, biased, overly interested blogger. Why? Because I’m from the area. So deal.
We learned a few months ago about the location of the Yorba Linda California Temple, and today The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a rendering of the roughly 30,000 square foot edifice. In the announcement, the Church also released renderings for three other temples: Grand Junction Colorado, Elko Nevada, and Burley Idaho. But I’m not from those places, so I don’t care. (OK, I do, just not as much.)
The overall floor plan and dimensions appear to be the same as many of the temple’s other 20-temple-announcement stablemates from April 2021, but the exterior is a whole different deal. In a sea of anonymously contemporary temple designs, this one certainly stands out and is very California. One could argue it looks a bit too much like a civic center, library, or any number of faux-Spanish municipal buildings dotting the Orange County landscape. But this author still thinks it looks great, even better than the faux-Mission style of the Newport Beach Temple (itself borne out of necessity and compromise). It will also be nearly twice the size of the temple in Newport Beach. Take that, Fletcher Jones Motorcars!
While the Church has not announced the fate of the existing meetinghouse and baseball field on property, local Church authorities have noted that the two wards currently using the meetinghouse will have to vacate by November 2021, a move the wards would not likely need to make unless the building is slated for demolition. Whether the Church will follow common plans and construct a new meetinghouse, likely in the back of the property where the baseball field now stands, is only a matter of speculation.
It’s also worth noting that the stake containing the temple, the Anaheim East Stake, recently renamed itself the Yorba Linda Stake. We have to keep the Yorba Linda branding tight, folks. The Land of Gracious Living won’t have it any other way.
The Church has not announced a groundbreaking date for the new temple, but the November eviction deadline might be telling.
The Yorba Linda California Temple will be the ninth in the Golden State, following dedicated temples in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, Fresno, Redlands, Sacramento, Newport Beach. The Feather River California Temple, in Yuba City, is under construction.