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Following is a collection of news items that have appeared on the News page for the Payson Utah Temple. To share your latest news for the temple, please send an e-mail.

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June 7, 2015

Payson Utah Temple Dedicated
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, dedicated the Payson Utah Temple today. It is the fifteenth in Utah and the third in Utah County. A fourth Utah County temple will soon be dedicated in Provo.

June 6, 2015

Payson Utah Temple Cultural Celebration Tonight
Fill the World with Love is the theme of the 70-minute cultural celebration that will be held tonight at Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo to commemorate the dedication of the Payson Utah Temple. The event can be seen online at filltheworldwithlove.org.

May 25, 2015

Payson Utah Temple Open House Concludes
Over 475,000 people toured the Payson Utah Temple during its month-long open house, which concluded on Saturday. The temple is now being prepared for dedication in three sessions on Sunday, June 7, 2015.

April 24, 2015

Public Tours of the Payson Utah Temple Begin
Beginning today and continuing through Saturday, May 23, hundreds of thousands of visitors will descend upon Payson, Utah to tour the interior of the new temple. Those unable to tour the temple in person may enjoy this virtual tour of the interior.

April 21, 2015

Public Invited to Tour Payson Utah Temple
VIP and media tours have begun at the new Payson Utah Temple—the third in Utah County. Tours for the general public begin on Friday and continue for four weeks. A preview of the interior can be found at the Newsroom site.

April 13, 2015

Open House Tickets Now Available for Payson Utah Temple
Free reservations for the Payson Utah Temple open house are now available through the online reservation system. The month-long open house beings on Friday, April 24, and ends on May 23.

April 8, 2015

Preparing for Open House in Payson, Utah
A road grader spreads gravel over the auxiliary parking lot being created for the large number of visitors expected at the Payson temple open house. Free tickets for the event will be issued through an online reservation system beginning Monday.

March 4, 2015

Furniture Arriving at the Payson Utah Temple
While construction trailers are leaving the grounds of the Payson Utah Temple, delivery trucks are arriving, carrying a variety of furniture and furnishings for the beautiful new temple. The public open house begins in just 7 weeks.

February 20, 2015

Payson Open House Tickets Available April 13
Free reservations for the Payson Utah Temple open house will be accepted beginning Monday, April 13, at 10:00 a.m. Chain-link fencing was recently removed from the front of the temple, and winter coverings were lifted off the flower beds.

February 7, 2015

11 Weeks to Open House
With the open house fast approaching, work is wrapping up on the Payson Utah Temple.

January 14, 2015

Share Your Payson Temple Experience
Janene Baadsgaard, the sister writing the official history of the Payson Utah Temple is seeking your experiences to include in the book.

December 26, 2014

Christmas Day at the Payson Utah Temple
It was a white Christmas at the Payson Utah Temple as Winter Storm Eris delivered plenty of snow to communities throughout the Rockies. The striking new edifice is scheduled to open to the public for a month-long open house in the spring, beginning Friday, April 24.

December 12, 2014

Opening Dates Announced for the Payson Utah Temple
The First Presidency has announced that a free public open house for the Payson Utah Temple will be held from Friday, April 24, through Saturday, May 23, 2015, excluding Sundays. The temple will be dedicated in three sessions on Sunday, June 7.

December 4, 2014

Payson Utah Temple All Aglow
Exquisitely illuminated in the crisp December air, the Payson Utah Temple glowed white and bright last night. Utah's fifteenth temple will serve the growing LDS population from Spanish Fork on the the north to Delta on the south.

November 21, 2014

Decorative Gate Installation at Payson Utah Temple
Construction workers have installed an entrance gate at the Payson Utah Temple, helping to complete the decorative fencing that surrounds the temple grounds. The temple stands on a 10-acre parcel near a church building in the Mount Nebo stake.

October 30, 2014

Planting Bulbs and Flowers at the Payson Utah Temple
The grounds of the Payson Utah Temple are being further beautified with the planting of tulip bulbs and pansies around the monument sign. Work on the extensive interior is anticipated to continue through the winter months.

October 24, 2014

Exterior Doors Unwrapped at Payson Utah Temple
The protective coverings wrapped around the exterior doors of the Payson Utah Temple are coming down, revealing the beautiful dark-stained, wood-grained doors inlaid with art glass that matches the temple's vine motif.

October 14, 2014

Keeping an Eye from the Sky on the Payson Utah Temple
As the Payson Utah Temple enters its final months of construction, a striking aerial photograph has captured the beauty of the majestic building and its symmetrical grounds. The new temple enjoys a peaceful setting surrounded by farmland and quaint Payson residences.

October 8, 2014

Exterior Floodlighting Tests at Payson Utah Temple
Payson residents and passers-by were treated with a beautiful spectacle last night as the exterior lighting system for the Payson Utah Temple was turned on for testing. Utah County's third temple is expected to be dedicated next year.

October 3, 2014

Laying Sod at the Payson Utah Temple
Donning hard hats and orange construction vests, sod layers at the Payson Utah Temple are transforming drab expanses of dirt into vibrant lawns of Emerald Turf grass. The lush green is creating a stunning foreground for the temple.

September 24, 2014

Greening Up the Payson Utah Temple Site
Large deliveries of trees and plants are arriving at the Payson Utah Temple site, as landscaping efforts continue in the garden areas nearest the edifice. Finish work advances on the interior, which will feature beautiful natural stone accents.

September 19, 2014

Dirt Conveyer Transports Topsoil to Payson Temple
Quick work is being made of delivery of a dark topsoil to the flowerbed surfaces at the Payson Utah Temple using a conveyer belt system. Work started at the southeast corner of the building and will continue around the remainder of the grounds.

September 12, 2014

Fountain Testing at the Payson Utah Temple
At the beginning of this week, the first water test of the fountain on the east side of the Payson Utah Temple was successfully initiated. The site plan shows water features on both the east (front entrance) and west sides of the building.

September 3, 2014

Natural Stone Going in Payson Utah Temple
Numerous boxes sit outside the Payson Utah Temple holding beautiful natural stone, like marble, for the interior trim and accents being installed inside the building. On the outside, work continues on the fence, sprinkler system, and landscaping.

August 29, 2014

More Fence Panels Installed at Payson Utah Temple
Construction workers at the Payson Utah Temple continue to make progress on the installation of a long decorative fence that will surround the perimeter of the property. Sprinkler lines are visible around the grounds where vegetation is planned.

August 12, 2014

Replacing Construction Fence at Payson Temple
At the Payson Utah Temple, the chain-link construction fence on the southwest side of the property has been removed, as a permanent wrought-iron fence is installed. Several months of work remain to complete the temple interior.

July 31, 2014

Scaffolding Removed from Payson Utah Temple Spire
Only a few pieces of art glass remain to be installed in the spire of the Payson Utah Temple, which is no longer surrounded by scaffolding. The glass will be installed once workers no longer require an opening for passing in materials.

July 16, 2014

Starry Starry Night at the Payson Utah Temple
The night sky fills with stars above the beautifully illuminated Payson Utah Temple where the constellation Scorpius looms over the mountains, boasting its red supergiant Antares. The Payson temple will serve the growing Church membership in southern Utah County.

July 11, 2014

Fence Installation Progress at the Payson Utah Temple
More posts and balusters of the decorative fence have been installed around the Payson Utah Temple site. Work on window installation continues, which has taken longer than expected. The temple is anticipated to open next year.

June 20, 2014

Plants Added to Payson Temple Parking Lot
The grounds of the Payson Utah Temple are filling with life as trees and shrubs are added to the parking lot islands. Black lamp posts have also been installed, giving patrons both shade from the heat and light during the night.

June 10, 2014

Special Delivery to the Payson Utah Temple
The southeast corner of the Payson Utah Temple site has been filled with hundreds of buckets holding plants and flowers that will soon be planted into the garden areas of the temple grounds. Work continues on installing art glass windows.

May 6, 2014

Installing Art Glass in Payson Utah Temple Spire
Art glass installation at the Payson Utah Temple has reached the level of the spire. A suspended platform moves workers up and down as the windows are secured into place. Work continues at the ground level with concrete pours and landscaping.

May 2, 2014

Paving at the Payson Utah Temple
A street crew has laid new asphalt in front of the Payson Utah Temple where construction is steadily progressing. A newly posted aerial photograph shows the work has been accomplished on the grounds including parking and some trees.

April 27, 2014

Scaffolding Erected at Payson Utah Temple
In preparation for installation of the art glass windows that will decorate the spire of the Payson Utah Temple, scaffolding has been set in place by construction workers. Art glass in other areas of the temple feature a beautiful vine design.

April 21, 2014

Installing Fence, Sprinklers at Payson Utah Temple
Fresh dirt is being delivered to the Payson Utah Temple grounds where fence and sprinkler installation is underway in the garden areas. Temple grounds are known for their peaceful spirit and beautiful displays of flowers and vegetation.

March 31, 2014

Monument Sign Installed at the Payson Utah Temple
It was a monument day for Utah County on March 31. While construction workers at the Payson Utah Temple were topping the new monument sign, workers at the Provo City Center Temple were topping the central tower with the angel Moroni.

March 22, 2014

Construction Update on the Payson Utah Temple
Spring weather has recharged the activity at the Payson Utah Temple grounds where shrubs are being planted and posts have been installed for the southern fence. Preparations are underway for curbing and walkways at the northeast corner.

January 15, 2014

Art Glass Installation Continues at Payson Utah Temple
Construction laborers continue the work of installing dozens of panes of art glass into the window openings of the Payson Utah Temple. Work is advancing on all phases of the interior of the sacred structure.

November 23, 2013

Payson Utah Temple Art Glass Windows
Colored art glass featuring a vine motif is making its appearance in the east entrance of the Payson Utah Temple. Though the temple appears nearly complete on the exterior, many months of work remain on the ornate interior.

October 25, 2013

Trees Arrive for Planting at Payson Utah Temple
A stand of evergreens have been delivered to the Payson Utah Temple site, ready for planting. Trees will be featured throughout the grounds including every row of parking. A wide variety will be planted in the gardens near the temple proper.

October 10, 2013

Angel Moroni Statue Attached to Payson Utah Temple Spire
The traditional gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni has been installed atop the single spire of the Payson Utah Temple. Moroni holds a trumpet to his lips, heralding the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

October 3, 2013

Bird's Eye View of Nearly Completed Payson Exterior
Newly posted aerial photographs of the Payson Utah Temple show the progress being made on both the grounds and the temple itself, which lacks only a dome and spire—topped by angel Moroni—to complete the exterior. Installation of art glass is well underway.

September 18, 2013

Payson Utah Temple Exterior Almost Done
Just a few pieces of precast concrete remain to be attached to the Payson Utah Temple steeple. Once completed, the focus will turn inside where work is already underway. Installation of beautiful panes of art glass has just begun.

September 7, 2013

Holiness to the Lord Panels Attached to Payson Temple
At the Payson Utah Temple this week, the exterior panels that bear the inscription Holiness to the Lord • The House of the Lord were set in place over the east entrance. The sacred phrase is found on all Latter-day Saint temples.

August 27, 2013

First Piece of Precast Concrete Attached to Payson Temple Steeple
Yesterday at the Payson Utah Temple, construction workers ascended to the steeple to set the first piece of precast concrete in place. Exterior panels first arrived at the temple six months ago.

August 13, 2013

Pouring Curbing and Driveways at the Payson Utah Temple
The grounds of the Payson Utah Temple are taking on shape and structure with the installation of concrete curbing and driveways. Work also progresses on the water feature and planter boxes at the main entrance to the building. Beautiful lamp posts have recently been added.

August 1, 2013

Perimeter Wall Going Up at the Payson Utah Temple
Along the west side of the parking lot for the Payson Utah Temple, work has begun on installing a decorative perimeter fence. Attachment of the exterior panels to the temple continues, with the spire and east and west sides remaining.

July 3, 2013

Beating the Heat at the Payson Utah Temple
Colorful umbrellas are a new addition to the Payson Utah Temple construction site where shade is needed to protect workers from the summer heat. HVAC equipment is now arriving at the ancillary building located next to the temple.

June 20, 2013

Facing the Upper Levels of the Payson Utah Temple
Attachment of ornate exterior pieces to the Payson Utah Temple has moved to the upper sections of the building, which feature dramatic floor-to-ceiling window openings on curved walls. Work continues on a water feature in front of the building.

June 6, 2013

A Flight Around the Payson Utah Temple
Newly posted photographs of the Payson Utah Temple takes viewers on a virtual flight around the edifice, showing the progress of exterior panel installation on every side. The majority of work remains on the main entrance and the steeple. The temple will be the fifteenth in Utah.

June 1, 2013

Curbing Poured at the Payson Utah Temple
Work has begun on the parking lot for the Payson Utah Temple where curbing is being poured. Numerous trees will be planted throughout the parking lot and the grounds. Attachment of the exterior panels to the temple continues.

May 13, 2013

Payson Utah Temple: the Lord's House
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it."
—Isaiah 2:2


May 1, 2013

Payson Utah Temple Ancillary Building
Walls are rising at the site of the Payson Utah Temple for an ancillary building being constructed to the southwest. The building has been designed to complement the lines and beautiful detailing featured on the temple exterior.

April 16, 2013

Beautifying the Exterior of the Payson Utah Temple
Construction workers are transforming the exterior of the Payson Utah Temple, Utah's 15th, by attaching exquisitely detailed concrete panels to the cement and steel skeleton. Utah's 17th temple was recently announced for Cedar City.

April 3, 2013

More Beautifully Crafted Pieces Attached to Payson Utah Temple
Work is pressing forward on the Payson Utah Temple, which features stunning classical detailing on its precast concrete exterior. The temple will relieve demands on the high utilized Provo Utah Temple.

March 16, 2013

Exterior Panel Detailing on Payson Utah Temple
A close-up photograph of the panels being attached to the Payson Utah Temple reveal the beautiful detailing incorporated in the precast concrete. Two temples are currently under construction in Utah County, the other being the Provo City Center Temple.

March 6, 2013

More Panels Added to the Payson Utah Temple
Construction workers have attached more panels—featuring classical lines and detailing—to the exterior of the Payson Utah Temple. View an updated computer-simulated 3D model of the temple to see one graphic artist's concept of the finished House of the Lord.

February 26, 2013

Panel Installation Begins at Payson Utah Temple
Precast concrete panels and moldings are arriving at the Payson Utah Temple for attachment to the exterior of the building. The event marks an exciting phase of construction as the structure is transformed into a temple.

February 21, 2013

Aerial Update on the Payson Utah Temple
Newly submitted photographs of the Payson Utah Temple offer an overhead glimpse of the construction progress. In recent weeks, work has largely been focused on the interior of the structure, but the exterior is being prepared for the attachment of exterior panels.

January 16, 2013

American Flag Waves Atop Payson Utah Temple Spire
The Payson Utah Temple has reached its full framing height with the addition of beams that will support the steeple's dome. The completed temple will stretch even higher once the final spire segment and angel Moroni are added.

December 21, 2012

Payson's Stunning New Landmark
Set against a beautiful mountain backdrop, the rising Payson Utah Temple is a sacred House of the Lord that has already become a focal point of the community. Insulating blocks are going on the exterior while framing is erected for the steeple.

December 11, 2012

Payson Utah Temple: Taking It to the Next Level
With the base of the Payson Utah Temple steeple now framed, work is rising to the next level. Sections of steel framing are being hoisted and installed for the middle tier, which will eventually be capped with a dome and a slender spire.

December 3, 2012

Steeple Framing Growing for Payson Utah Temple
Progress advances on the steel framing for the tiered steeple of the Payson Utah Temple, which will feature art glass, a dome, and a spire supporting a gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni. Insulation blocks are being attached to the exterior walls.

November 20, 2012

Steel Framing for Central Spire Rises in Payson
With the pouring of cement exterior walls nearing completion, construction of the Payson Utah Temple took another step forward today with the erection of steel girders that will form the framing for the single central spire.

November 5, 2012

An Aerial Perspective on the Payson Utah Temple
Newly posted photographs of the Payson Utah Temple offer a scenic tour around the city's rising landmark edifice from the vantage point of a plane. The reinforced cement walls of the temple continue to be poured as framing progresses on the rounded entrance foyer.

October 18, 2012

Framing the Entrance Foyer for the Payson Utah Temple
The Payson Utah Temple continues to grow up and out as framing for the building proceeds including the entrance foyer, which will feature flanking canopies, beautiful panes of glass, and a water feature to the east surrounded by landscaping.

September 29, 2012

Framing Advancing Rapidly at the Payson Utah Temple
Steel girders continue to rise at the Payson Utah Temple—now surpassing the height of the elevator shafts. Utah's fifteenth temple will alleviate demands on the heavily utilized Provo Utah Temple.

September 6, 2012

Steel Framing Continues at Payson Utah Temple
In addition to the reinforced cement walls being poured for the Payson Utah Temple, steel framing for the building is also underway and progressing rapidly. Framing has reached the main level.

August 31, 2012

Second Elevator Shaft Completed in Payson
Cast your gaze at the Payson Utah Temple construction site, and you will see rising cement walls, steel girders, and two completed elevator shafts. Community members are full of anticipation for the temple and its accompanying blessings.

August 8, 2012

Payson Elevator Shaft and Main Level Walls
A new block structure can be seen rising at the Payson Utah Temple site, which will house an elevator to service the five-level building. Work on the basement is largely completed, and forms are now being erected for the main level walls.

July 30, 2012

Forms, Rebar, and Concrete at the Payson Utah Temple
Reinforced cement walls continue to appear at the Payson Utah Temple as construction workers hoist forms and rebar into the excavation site to create the temple's foundation. Plans call for large ordinance rooms, towering panes of art glass, and a grand staircase.

July 11, 2012

Foundation Walls Being Poured for Payson Utah Temple
As seen in the accompanying aerial photograph of the Payson Utah Temple site, the footings for the temple are laid and cement is being poured to form the walls for the foundation. Two temples are under construction in Utah County—one in Payson and the other in downtown Provo.

July 3, 2012

Pouring the Foundation for the Payson Utah Temple
With excavation completed, and footings laid, walls are now being poured for the foundation of the Payson Utah Temple. The new temple will serve 26 stakes south of Provo based in the communities of Payson, Spanish Fork, Mapleton, Nephi, Delta, Santaquin, Salem, and Goshen.

June 21, 2012

Payson Temple Beginnings Captured in Aerial Photographs
Recently submitted photographs of the Payson Utah Temple give an aerial perspective on the construction progress. Excavation for the foundation is completed, and footings are being laid with reinforcing bar in preparation for pouring the walls of the temple foundation.

June 16, 2012

Preparing for Reinforced Cement Walls at the Payson Utah Temple
Reinforcing bar is being hoisted into the excavated area for the Payson Utah Temple where it will be installed in the cement footings in preparation for pouring the cement foundational walls.

June 9, 2012

Pouring Footings, Installing Utilities at Payson Utah Temple
With the majority of excavation completed at the Payson Utah Temple, below-grade work has commenced at the construction site, which includes pouring footings and installing utilities.

May 29, 2012

Staking the Payson Utah Temple Site for Construction
At the Payson Utah Temple, construction staking began in mid-May, which guides the excavation efforts for the project. A tall pole has been erected with a camera perched on top, which may be a webcam, such as those that have captured the Brigham City and Ogden temple construction projects.

April 2, 2012

Gearing Up for Construction of the Payson Utah Temple
Preparations for full-scale construction of the Payson Utah Temple are evident with the arrival of construction trailers at the recently fenced site. Heavy equipment has completed some general site work. The project will be under the management of the Wadman Corporation.

January 6, 2012

Payson Utah Temple Plans Win City Council Approval
On January 4, the Payson City Council unanimously approved a set of applications for the Payson Utah Temple including a site plan, conditional-use permit, and boundary adjustment. Construction of the 96,000-square-foot landmark edifice is expected to begin in the spring.

January 1, 2012

Planning Commission Approves Payson Utah Temple Plans
Plans for the Payson Utah Temple were approved by the Payson City Planning Commission on December 14 including a conditional-use permit, site plan, and boundary adjustment. Final approval will be granted by the City Council. Construction is expected to begin in the spring.

November 22, 2011

Preliminary Construction at the Payson Utah Temple
Earth movers and construction equipment are on site at the Payson Utah Temple for preliminary site preparation. Ground was formally broken on a chilly day last month by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve. Full-scale construction of the temple is expected to begin next spring.

October 8, 2011

Construction of Utah's Fifteenth Temple Commences in Payson
On Saturday, October 8, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve broke ground for Utah's fifteenth temple in the community of Payson, located several miles south of Provo. The Payson Utah Temple will serve members from Spanish Fork on the north to Nephi on the south.

October 6, 2011

Payson Utah Temple Site Ready for Saturday Groundbreaking
Southern Utah County members are brimming with enthusiasm for this Saturday's groundbreaking ceremony for the Payson Utah Temple, presided by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Services—open to the public—begin at 9:00 a.m. at the temple site.

September 29, 2011

Preparing for Payson Temple Groundbreaking
At the Payson Utah Temple site, heavy equipment prepares the ground for groundbreaking.

September 7, 2011

Elder Oaks to Preside at Payson Utah Temple Groundbreaking
Elder Dallin H. Oaks will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Payson Utah Temple on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. Information on attending the services will be announced later.

January 25, 2010

New Temple Announced for Payson, Utah
The First Presidency has announced that the Church will construct a new temple in Payson, Utah, located south of Provo in Utah County. The new temple—Utah's fifteenth—will serve the growing membership in the area and help alleviate demands on the heavily attended Provo temple.

"It is in temples—whether they be the portable tabernacle of testimony used by Moses, or the magnificent wonder of the world built by Solomon, or the temples of the latter days—that the saints receive the mysteries of godliness."
—Bruce R. McConkie

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