Latter-day Saints announce the location for a new temple in Ephraim

The 28th existing or planned temple in Utah, it will be about 7 miles from the pioneer-era Manti Temple, which will undergo renovation.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Friday announced the site of the temple it plans to build in Ephraim.

The structure will be located on 9.16 acres east of the intersection of 200 North and 400 East in central Utah’s Sanpete County.

The three-story, 39,000-square-foot temple, the 28th existing or announced temple in the Beehive State, is still in the planning stages. No renderings have been released, and no groundbreaking date has been set. According to the church, it will soon start working with city officials on preliminary plans for the temple.

The Ephraim Temple was announced by President Russell M. Nelson in May. It will serve more than 31,000 Latter-day Saints in its temple district. Ephraim is about 7 miles south of Manti, where the historic, 133-year-old Manti Temple is scheduled to begin undergoing renovations this month.

There are currently 15 temples operating in Utah, and two more — the historic pioneer-era Salt Lake and St. George structures — are undergoing renovation. In addition to Ephraim, temples also are planned or under construction in the Heber Valley, Layton, Lindon, Orem, Saratoga Springs, Smithfield, St. George (a second one), Syracuse, Taylorsville and Tooele.

Latter-day Saints consider a temple to be a House of the Lord, where Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through ordinances that unite families for eternity.