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Groundbreakings Announced for Temples in Syracuse and Tooele

Church will break ground for the Syracuse and Deseret Peak Utah Temples in 2021

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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced groundbreakings for the Syracuse Utah Temple and the Deseret Peak Utah Temple.

Exterior renderings were previously released, showing the planned designs of the new temples (Syracuse; Deseret Peak). Interior renderings for the Deseret Peak temple in Tooele, Utah have also been released.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Syracuse Utah Temple will be held June 12, 2021.  Elder Kevin R. Duncan of the Quorum of the Seventy will preside at the event. 

The Syracuse Utah Temple will be built on a 12-acre site at the intersection of 2500 West and 1025 South in Syracuse. The three-story structure will be about 89,000 square feet.

The groundbreaking for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple will be held May 15, 2021. Presiding at the event will be Elder Brook P. Hales of the Quorum of the Seventy.

The Deseret Peak Utah Temple will be built west of the intersection of 2400 North and 400 West in Tooele. The three-story temple will be approximately 70,000 square feet. A 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse is also planned for the site.

On January 19, 2021, the First Presidency renamed this future house of worship from the Tooele Valley Utah Temple to the Deseret Peak Utah Temple.

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In order to comply to with state and local guidelines, attendance at the groundbreaking ceremonies is by invitation only. Photos and video of the events will be available to the media and public on Newsroom after the groundbreaking services. 

The Syracuse Utah Temple was announced in April 2020 and the Deseret Peak Utah Temple in April 2019 by Church President Russell M. Nelson. Utah has nearly two dozen temples announced, under construction, under renovation or in operation. In addition to the temples in Syracuse and Tooele, temples are under construction in Layton, Orem, Saratoga Springs, St. George, and Taylorsville, Utah. 

There are more than 2.1 million Latter-day Saints in Utah, about two-thirds of the state’s population of over 3.2 million residents.

Each temple is considered a “house of the Lord” where Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. In the temple, Church members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to follow Jesus Christ and serve their fellow man. 

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