Announcement: 3 February 1978
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 9 June 1979 by Spencer W. Kimball
Public Open House: 29 September–31 October 1981
Dedication: 16–20 November 1981 by Marion G. Romney
The seventh temple built in Utah, the Jordan River Utah Temple gets it’s name from the river just a mile east of it’s location. It is currently undergoing renovations until later in 2017 with upgrades to include extensive seismic reinforcements. It sits on a 15 acre site and contains 148,236 square feet on the inside. The entrance is marked by a striking water fountain surrounded by colorful flowers and shrubs. Trees and additional flower beds surround the grounds.
This temple construction and early maintenance was entirely funded by local donations, including the property that was given to the Church. The exterior is constructed of cast stone with white marble chips, with the tower combining fiberglass into the mix for a lighter structure.
With six large ordinance rooms, it is the largest capacity LDS temple. It’s one of four temples with six ordinance rooms along with the Ogden Utah Temple, Provo Utah Temple, and Washington D.C. Temple, and one of five temples featuring an angel Moroni statue holding the gold plates along with the Los Angeles California Temple, Washington D.C. Temple, Seattle Washington Temple, and México City México Temple. It is also within the first city to have two temples within its boundaries, along with the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple.