News about upcoming Latter-day Saint temple construction typically arrives in drips – line upon line, if you will. First, we’ll get a location announcement. Then, the Church will release an artist’s rendering of the exterior. Finally, we’ll receive information about an actual groundbreaking. The whole process usually takes place over many months, if not a year.
Not so out in Heber Valley, where the Church has dropped the location, rendering, and groundbreaking date for a forthcoming temple in one fell swoop. Announced in the October 2021 General Conference by President Russell M. Nelson, and long the subject of speculation in our temple predictions, the Heber Valley Utah Temple will be located on a 17.9-acre site at 1400 E. Center St. in Heber City Utah. Elder Kevin R. Duncan of the Seventy will preside over a groundbreaking the week after General Conference, on October 8, 2022. That’s a quick turnaround!
Despite serving a an area with far fewer stakes than newer temples along the Wasatch Front, the temple will contain 88,000 square feet of space across three levels. The rendering and size suggest it will be similar to its Layton and Syracuse stablemates in floorplan, although we do not know if the temple will have two baptistries.
Location-wise, the temple appears to be going into what is currently an open field, kitty corner from an existing meetinghouse, on the eastern edge of Heber City (which is about 15 blocks across from west to east). The Heber Valley, which includes Midway, is one of the faster-growing regions in Utah. Talk to your friends and family. Odds are at least one of them has built a house in Midway in the past five years. The temple will likely serve the five stakes in the immediate area, as well as Park City and Marion.
Utah has 14 temples dedicated and operating, 3 historic temples under renovation, and 10 temples under construction. With Heber Valley bringing that number to 11, Utah will need newly announced temples this conference to keep the ball rolling.
Editor’s Note: The Church News article referenced originally said the Smithfield Utah Temple had yet to break ground – information we included in this article. We have corrected the error.