Announcement: 14 August 1967
Site Dedication: 15 September 1969 by Joseph Fielding Smith
Groundbreaking: 15 September 1969 by Hugh B. Brown
Public Open House: 10–29 January 1972
Dedication: 9 February 1972 by Joseph Fielding Smith (read by Harold B. Lee)
The Provo Utah Temple sits in the mists of an amazing mountain view near the mouth of magnificent Rock Canyon. The temple grounds are a large 17 acres that includes the largest Missionary Training Center of the Church, where thousands of young men and women are prepared for missions around the world. It also boarders Brigham Young University to the southwest. The Laie, Hawaii, and Rexburg, Idaho also sit adjacent to Church Schools.
Built with the same design as the original Ogden Utah Temple (both announced and built around the same time, prompted by a statistic computed in the mid-1960), it is a high-capacity temple and one of the busiest in the world. With this level of use, it will also be the second temple paired with another in the same city, once the Provo City Center Temple is complete (The Jordan River Utah and Oquirrh Mountain Utah temples being the first pair).
The dedication was done in two sessions with over 70,000 attendees seated in the temple, the Marriott Center, George Albert Smith Fieldhouse, Joseph Smith Building, and the Harris Fine Arts Center on the BYU campus. It was the largest temple dedication in history.