LDS church holds Cedar City Utah Temple groundbreaking

Digital designed image of the Cedar City Utah Temple, 300 South Cove Drive, Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — Though the groundbreaking for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s Cedar City Utah Temple Saturday morning is by invitation only, the church will broadcast the event live to each of the 17 stake centers located within the temple’s district for public viewing.

The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and those interested in observing the event are asked to be to their viewing location by 9:30 a.m. so everyone can be seated before the groundbreaking starts.

The long-awaited temple construction will mark the dawn of a new era for Southern Utah Mormons who have always had to travel to St. George to do their temple work.

The closer location will serve members from the 17 stakes in Southern Utah and eastern Nevada listed below:

  • Beaver Utah Stake | 1380 E. 200 North, Beaver, Utah
  • Cedar City Utah Canyon View Stake | 1985 N. Main St., Cedar City, Utah
  • Cedar City Utah Cross Hollow Stake | 2830 W. Cody Drive, Cedar City, Utah
  • Cedar City Utah Married Student Stake | 520 S. 1100 West, Cedar City, Utah
  • Cedar City Utah North Stake | 95 N. 2125 West, Cedar City, Utah
  • Cedar City Utah Stake | 155 E. 400 South, Cedar City, Utah
  • Cedar City Utah West Stake | 725 S. 1100 West, Cedar City, Utah
  • Cedar City YSA 1st Stake | 61 N. 900 West, Cedar City, Utah
  • Cedar City YSA 2nd Stake | 85 N. 600 West, Cedar City, Utah
  • Ely Nevada Stake | 900 Ave East, Ely, Nevada
  • Enoch Utah Stake | 2233 E. Village Green, Cedar City, Utah
  • Enoch Utah West Stake | 3575 N. Minersville Road, Enoch, Utah
  • Escalante Utah Stake | 80 S. Center St., Escalante, Utah
  • Minersville Utah Stake | 130 W. Main St., Minersville, Utah
  • Panaca Nevada Stake | 1065 Main St., Panaca, Nevada
  • Panguitch Utah Stake | 550 S. 100 West, Panguitch, Utah
  • Parowan Utah Stake | 90 S. Main St., Parowan, Utah

The live broadcasting event is open to both the Mormon and non-Mormon public and are scheduled to last about 45 minutes to an hour.

The 17th temple to be built in Utah will be built on a 7.3 acre site at 300 S. Cove Drive, Cedar City, according to a press release from the Mormon Church. Upon completion, the Cedar City Utah Temple is planned to be nearly 42,657 square feet and stand four stories high.

The announcement for the Cedar City Utah Temple came on the morning of April 6, 2013 at the 183rd Annual General Conference, according to, an unofficial website for the church.

“President Thomas S. Monson announced that a new temple would be constructed in the city of Cedar City, Utah,” the website reported. “The Cedar City Utah Temple will be the seventeenth in Utah, following the Provo City Center Temple, which is currently under construction. There are nearly two million Church members in Utah.”

The St. George Utah Temple currently serves church members from 47 stakes in Southern Utah, eastern Nevada and northern Arizona, the website went on to say. Having a second temple in Southern Utah will help curb the high volume of traffic the St. George Utah Temple facilitates.

Elder Kent F. Richards of the second quorum of the Seventy will introduce speakers and lead the groundbreaking ceremony while President L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy will be present and preside over the event, according to the press release.

Attendees are asked to wear their Sunday best for the historic event.

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  • fun bag August 7, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    You guys know about magical talking rocks, right? Do you guys know where I can find a real life unicorn?!

    • ladybugavenger August 7, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      The unicorns are located in the yard in the back of the temple. In order to get to the back you have to get through the front door, be temple worthy , and perform duties to earn your way to the unicorn.

      • fun bag August 7, 2015 at 10:13 pm

        Would be amazing to find a pink one in the bunch they’ve hidden back there 🙂

  • 42214 August 7, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Oh goodie. Another amusement park with an outrageous entry fee.

  • beentheredonethat August 7, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    SOOOOOOII EXCITING!!!!!!!!! or NOT. Who cares

    • AnotherReader August 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      I’m guessing you do, since you read and commented. Nice looking building.

      • Free Parking August 8, 2015 at 5:44 pm

        Oh wow real snappy comeback.. Wow your really amazing

        • AnotherReader August 8, 2015 at 7:44 pm

          And your snappy comment was even better. You are such a wit. We all long to hear more of your wonderful musings.

          • 42214 August 9, 2015 at 1:52 pm

            A reader, isn’t this about the time you whine about free speech and urge SGNews to censor everyone?

        • Real Life August 8, 2015 at 11:36 pm

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          • Free Parking August 9, 2015 at 12:57 pm

            Aww you poor little thing LOL.!

        • 42214 August 9, 2015 at 1:12 am

          Don’t mess with Anotherreader, she graduated cum laude from BYU.

  • native born new mexican August 7, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    What a beautiful building! I can hardly wait to see it. This is needed in this area. Thanks St George news for the information.

    • PogoStik August 8, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Needed for what? Showing off extravagant wasteful spending? Couldn’t the money to build these monuments-unto-themselves be better used for other Christian endeavors?

      • izzymuse August 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm

        Well, yes, but it’s not like the LDS Church doesn’t do things to help in Christian endeavors:

        Is there more that every church could to do help the poor and needy? Certainly. But that in point, the LDS Church certainly does a lot of good throughout the world!

        It seems that government AND churches could AND SHOULD do more to help the poor and needy of the world to put an end to poverty.

  • munchie August 7, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    The groundbreaking event is “invitation only “? I feel so “unworthy”, as I have not received mine.

  • Free Parking August 8, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    LOL.! another make believe magical kingdom for the social rejects that can’t stand on their own 2 feet and have to be led around like blind sheep. and of course another place for brain washing and water boarding

  • Free Parking August 8, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Hey I just found out the magical speaking rock is going to make a speech.. Where’s Freud when you need him. LOL.!

  • PogoStik August 8, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Oh great. Another expensive Taj Mahal that few people can enter. What is its use anyways beside showing extravagance spending and a waste of the member’s tithing’s. How about building something useful like a hospital, clinic, or even a soup kitchen instead?

    • fun bag August 8, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      It’s not the mormon way, my friend. Why help the hungry and the sick when you can build an extravagant idol to wealth…?

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