Utahns now know what the Heber Valley Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will look like and where it will be built.
The church released a rendering of the exterior Monday and announced that the twin-spired, three-story, 88,000-square-foot edifice will go up on a nearly 18-acre site south of 1400 E. Center St. in Heber City.
An Oct. 8 groundbreaking will launch official construction of the building, according to a news release. General authority Seventy Kevin R. Duncan, executive director of the global faith’s Temple Department, is scheduled to preside at the invitation-only ceremony.
Announced nearly a year ago during the faith’s General Conference, the temple in rapidly growing Wasatch County will be the church’s 28th existing or planned temple in Utah.
There are currently 14 temples operating in the Beehive State, and three more — the pioneer-era Salt Lake, St. George and Manti structures — are undergoing renovations. Besides Heber Valley, temples also are planned or under construction in Ephraim, Layton, Lindon, Orem, Saratoga Springs, Smithfield, St. George (a second one, called the Red Cliffs Temple), Syracuse, Taylorsville and Tooele.
Also Monday, the Salt Lake City-based faith revealed where a second temple in Rexburg, Idaho, will be built.
The three-story, 130,000-square-foot Teton River Temple will be erected on a 16.6-acre plot northwest of 200 East 2000 North in Rexburg, home to the church’s Brigham Young University–Idaho campus. It will be the Gem State’s ninth existing or planned temple.
Latter-day Saints view a temple as a House of the Lord, a place where the faithful participate in their religion’s highest rites, including eternal marriage.