New temples for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Orem and Taylorsville will have some things in common: They both will be three stories tall, 70,000 square feet and close to freeways.
The single-spire Orem Temple will be built on a 16-acre site near 1471 S. Geneva Road, just west of Interstate 15 from Utah Valley University’s campus. A 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse also will be built there.
The single-spire Taylorsville Temple will be constructed on a 7.5-acre parcel at 2603 W. 4700 South, just west of I-215. A meetinghouse that sits there now will be removed and will not be replaced.
Utah will be home to 23 Latter-day Saint temples, counting those already operating and planned.
The church also announced a location for a temple in McAllen, Texas. The temple, the Lone Star State’s fifth, will be one story covering about 25,000 square feet. A 17,000-square-foot meetinghouse will also be built on that 10.6-acre site.
Latter-day Saints consider temples “Houses of the Lord," places where devout members participate in their faith’s highest rites, including eternal marriages.