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Dedication date announced for Orem Utah Temple, closing date for the Provo Utah Temple released

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the dedication and open house dates for the Orem Utah Temple. The date of the Provo Utah Temple closure and the location of the Wichita Kansas Temple have also been announced.

Dedication and Open House of Orem Utah Temple

The Orem Utah Temple will be dedicated on Sunday, January 21, 2024, in two sessions (10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. MST). A public open house will begin on Friday, October 27, and continue through Saturday, December 16, 2023, excluding Sundays and Thanksgiving Day. A media day will be held on Monday, October 23, 2023, after which invited guests will tour the temple from Tuesday, October 24, through Thursday, October 26.

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The dedicatory sessions will be broadcast to all units in the Orem Utah Temple district. Additional details regarding the temple dedication will be announced at a future date.

Provo Utah Temple Closure

As announced in October 2021, the Provo Utah Temple will be closed to accommodate reconstruction of the temple at the end of the day Saturday, February 24, 2024. During the closure, members from the temple district are encouraged to attend other temples as their circumstances permit. Those desiring to receive their own ordinances should contact a temple in the surrounding area to make the necessary arrangements.

Including the Orem Utah Temple and the Provo Utah Temple, there are a total of 28 houses of the Lord in Utah. Temples currently in operation in the state are found in American Fork (Mount Timpanogos), Bountiful, Brigham City, Cedar City, Draper, Logan, Monticello, Ogden, Payson, Provo (Provo City Center), South Jordan (Jordan River and Oquirrh Mountain) and Vernal. There are temples under construction in Utah in Ephraim, Heber Valley, Layton, Lindon, Smithfield, Syracuse, Taylorsville, Tooele (Deseret Peak) and Washington County (Red Cliffs). Both the Manti Utah Temple and the Salt Lake Utah Temple are currently under renovation. The Saratoga Springs Utah Temple will be dedicated on August 13, 2023, and the St. George Utah Temple will be rededicated on December 10, 2023. 

Utah, the global headquarters for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is located along the Rocky Mountains in the Intermountain West of the United States. Church membership in Utah is at nearly 2.2 million people.

Wichita Kansas Temple Site

The Wichita Kansas Temple will be built on a 6.42-acre site located at Lot 1 Block 1 of The Moorings Plaza Fourth Addition, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.

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Plans call for a single-story temple of approximately 9,950 square feet. This will be the first temple in the state. Currently, Latter-day Saints in Kansas travel to the neighboring states of Oklahoma or Missouri to worship in temples, with the Kansas City Missouri Temple, which borders eastern Kansas, being the closest.

For many Church members emigrating from Europe to the Salt Lake Valley in the mid-1800s, the Atchison, Kansas, area, located in the northeastern corner of the state, was an important layover site on the journey. The first congregation in the state was organized in 1882. Today, Kansas is home to nearly 40,000 Latter-day Saints in nearly 75 congregations.

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