1471 South Geneva Road (approximate)
5 October 2019
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:
5 September 2020 by Craig C. Christensen
Single attached central spire
Total Floor Area:
70,000 square feet
A small gathering of 30 attendees broke ground for the Orem Utah Temple on Saturday, September 5, 2020. Elder Craig C. Christensen, president of the Utah Area, presided at the event and said in his remarks: "The Orem Utah Temple will become an added refuge of strength in an increasingly uncertain world—a holy place where we learn and live more fully the great plan of happiness made possible by our Savior, Jesus Christ." Elder Evan A. Schmutz, a member of the Utah Area presidency who grew up in Orem, said: "[The temple] will act as a beacon, drawing the gaze of millions as they pass by this hallowed ground, and inviting the devoted service of hundreds of thousands of faithful Latter-day Saints, as the ordinances of salvation are offered to the living and the dead."1
On June 24, 2020, an official exterior rendering of the Orem Utah Temple was released.
The Orem Utah Temple will be a three-story building of approximately 70,000 square feet with a central spire. A 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse will also be constructed at the temple site.
On December 11, 2019, the location of the Orem Utah Temple was announced. The temple will be constructed on a 16-acre tract of land at approximately 1471 South Geneva Road in the southwest corner of Orem, just west of I-15 near Utah Valley University.2 The property was purchased in 2004 from a descendant of Latter-day Saint Niels Williamson who emigrated from Norway in 1870. Three of his great-great-grandchildren watched the groundbreaking for the temple from the fence that separates the temple plot from their own land.