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Now-Dedicated Saratoga Springs Utah Temple ‘a Sign of the Lord’s Trust,’ President Eyring Says

Member of the First Presidency dedicates Church’s 179th house of the Lord on Sunday, August 13

President Henry B. Eyring encouraged Latter-day Saints attending the dedication of the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple Sunday, August 13, to respond with faith and energy to the new house of the Lord.

The temple is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 179th dedicated temple, and the first of six to be dedicated in a period of less than two months, with three scheduled for September 17 and two on October 8.

President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, poses for photos prior to the first session of the dedication of the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple in Saratoga Springs, Utah, on Sunday, August 13, 2023.
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Church members “have been given this temple as a sign of the Lord’s trust ... and His confidence that [they] will respond with greater faith and energy,” President Eyring, Second Counselor in the Church’s First Presidency said. “This temple is where you can draw more often on the powers of temple covenants. He knows your hearts. He knows your desire to be lifted and to become a more righteous people — just as the world becomes more contentious and fallen.”

In addition to the 179 dedicated temples, 57 are under construction or completed and awaiting dedication, and 79 more locations have been announced and are in planning stages — for a total of 315.

During President Russell M. Nelson’s five and a half years as President of the Church, he has announced 133 of the 315.

“Prophets of God have always keenly felt the Lord’s desire to provide temples for His children,” President Eyring said. “I have been blessed to see how the Lord reveals the location of temples through His prophets.

“Every President of the Church has felt inspiration to make temple ordinances available to bless the Saints. They have been inspired to build temples closer to the members, wherever those members live.”

President Eyring explained that when he served as a member of the Presiding Bishopric, he was able to observe that inspiration. “Part of my assignment was to help develop the process of determining where temples should be built. One major objective was to strategically place temples to reduce the travel time of patrons,” he said.

The Saratoga Springs Utah Temple on the day of its dedication in Saratoga Springs, Utah, on Sunday, August 13, 2023.
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Temples are operating, under construction or planned in 39 of the 50 United States and in 74 countries and territories. The Saratoga Springs temple is Utah’s 18th, and the fifth in Utah County.

“In some places, members may still be required to make heavy sacrifices to enter a temple of God. Yet, the Lord is also generously directing the placement of new temples where members already have temples close by. That is your joy in this new Saratoga Springs Utah Temple,” President Eyring said.

Other temples in Utah County are the Provo, Mount Timpanogos, Payson and Provo City Center temples. The Orem Utah Temple is scheduled to be dedicated in January 2024, and a temple is under construction in Lindon.

In Utah, 10 additional temples are under construction or soon to be dedicated — for a total of 28.

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