[dropcap]A[/dropcap] few years ago, we semi-jokingly published a piece stating that Utah desperately needed 3 more temples in order to get to a nice, round number of 20 within state lines. The funny thing is, a few of our suggestions have come to pass, notably the announcement of a temple in Layton, one in nuclear waste hotspot, Tooelle, as well as one serving the Lehi/Saratoga Springs/Eagle Mountain area. Regardless, since the publication of that article, four temples have been announced in Utah: the aforementioned Layton, Tooele, and Saratoga Springs temples, as well as a second temple in Washington County, otherwise known as the St. George metropolitan area.
So, to TL;DR this point: congratulations on your righteousness, Utah! Not bad to have 21 temples in your midst. Not bad at all. And the way things are going, we have every reason to expect more. (The saints in Delta who have, for years, been crying, “Where, o where is our temple” will finally be mollified.)
Anyway, on to the land of Mia Love, Saratoga Springs. The Church just announced the groundbreaking for the temple, as well as released a single artist’s rendering.
I like the design of this one. It’s clearly following the “tall square” style of similar temples, but the harder angles and the trim work distinguish it. I could see myself going there and thinking, “Yeah, this temple is cool. I like that this is a temple. I am glad to be at this temple.”
The temple is also on the larger side – 87,000 square feet, which is over twice the size of the Richmond Virginia Temple, whose design was recently released. For context, the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple is 107,000 square feet, the Payson Utah Temple is 97,000 square feet, the Draper Utah Temple is 58,000 square feet, and the Salt Lake Temple, pre-impending remodel, is a whopping 253,000 square feet.
Elder Craig C. Christensen, Utah Area President, will preside over a groundbreaking dedication on Saturday, October 19, 2019. The event is by invitation only, but the public will be invited to view the proceedings from a live stream in nearby meetinghouses.
Curiously, the Church’s official announcement describes the temple as the “Saratoga Springs Temple.” You might read that and see little issue, but every temple in the Church other than the Salt Lake Temple carries an additional location identifier, i.e. Provo City Center Utah Temple, Aba Nigeria Temple, etc. The press release makes no mention of “Utah” in the name, but the Church’s official list of temples does include the state in the title. Once again, proof that all is not right at Church Public Affairs since Michael Otterson left!
Once work gets underway, a temple typically takes three years to complete. If that’s the case here, you can fully expect President Ben McAdams to attend.