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LDS Church seeks to join temple lawsuit as defendant

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is getting involved in a lawsuit residents filed against Wasatch County.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) An artist's rendering of the Heber Valley Temple on display at a groundbreaking Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit over the Heber Valley Temple.

A group of four residents filed the lawsuit against Wasatch County on Nov. 29, shortly after the County Council voted unanimously to approve the temple plans. The residents say the county’s decisions were illegal and want the development agreement voided.

Now, the church wants to join the county as a defendant in the case.

Wasatch County Deputy Attorney Jon Woodard said he is not surprised by the move.

“It’s not uncommon in a case like this, when a property owner’s rights would be affected by the litigation, for them to intervene in a lawsuit,” he said.

Last week, the county filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, church lawyers motioned to intervene.

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