[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]ou’ve all wanted this one. You know you have! Denizens of Utah County will be thrilled to learn that the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the groundbreaking for the Orem Utah Temple, and in the process released a lovely rendering of the building.
An invitation-only groundbreaking will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020, presided over by Elder Craig C. Christensen, known as Triple C to his friends.
Per tradition, let’s talk about the design. First of all, eagle-eyed readers will note the absence of one angel Moroni. Previously, the Tooele Valley Utah Temple was the first of the newer crop of Utah Temples announced without the iconic statue. Orem will now join its ranks.
Without the spire, the design would emulate the Saratoga Springs and Tooele Temples without much difficulty, but that capper is pretty cool! There is almost an Art Deco vibe to it and gives the building an elegance all its own.
Here’s a useless state: the building will be Utah County’s first temple on the eastern shore of Utah Lake to be situated west of Interstate 15. How about that! In fact, it will be just on the other side of the freeway, and barely south of University Parkway. Utah Valley University residents are going to love this thing. One more great reason not to go near *shudder* BYU.
The Orem Utah Temple was announced by President Russell M. Nelson in the October 2019 General Conference, bringing the total number of temples either operating, under construction, or announced to 24. Let that number sink in. That’s one temple per 133,583 people in Utah, to say nothing of how many of those are Latter-day Saints and active, temple recommend-holding ones at that.
Great job, Orem! Now to see if Taylorsville temple will also ditch Moroni and follow a similar box floorplan.