Orem LDS Temple groundbreaking is set for September

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will break ground on its Orem Temple on Sept. 5. Attendance at the ceremony will be by invitation only.

The three-story, 70,000-square-foot temple with a center spire — but no Angel Moroni statue — will be built at about 1470 S. Geneva Road. A 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse will also be constructed on the 16-acre site.

(Courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) The Orem LDS Temple will be located on a 16-acre site at approximately 1471 S. Geneva Road.

Church President Russell M. Nelson announced the Orem Temple in October 2019. It’s one of five new temples that have been announced for Utah, along with Syracuse, Taylorsville, Tooele Valley and Washington County. Two other temples are already under construction in the state — in Layton and Saratoga Springs — which will bring the total number in the Beehive State to 24.

The Orem site is west of Interstate 15 and south of the University Parkway.

Latter-day Saints view temples as Houses of the Lord, where faithful members participate in their religion’s highest rites.