Jordan River Utah Temple
20th operating temple; closed for renovation; public tours underway; open house tickets available through Saturday, April 28, 2018; scheduled to be rededicated on Sunday, May 20, 2018
Physical Address10200 South 1300 West
South Jordan, Utah 84095-8814
Mailing Address10200 S 1300 W
South Jordan, UT 84095-8814Telephone 801-254-3003
Distribution Services 801-254-6731
Announcement: 3 February 1978
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 9 June 1979 by Spencer W. Kimball
Public Open House: 29 September–31 October 1981
Dedication: 16–20 November 1981 by Marion G. Romney
Public Open House: 17 March–28 April 2018
Rededication: 20 May 2018
Site: 15 acres.
Exterior Finish: Cast stone with white marble chips. Although the tower appears to be of the same material, it actually contains fiberglass in a product called cemlite in order to reduce weight.
Ordinance Rooms: Six ordinance rooms (stationary) and sixteen sealing.
Total Floor Area: 148,236 square feet.
If you have any questions regarding the open house, cultural celebration, or rededication of the Jordan River Utah Temple, you are invited to access the website provided by the organizing committee. Please enjoy the open house!
The general public, including children of all ages, is invited to attend an open house of the Jordan River Utah Temple. Admission is free, but reservations are requested.
Reservations: Open house tickets are available through an online reservation system.
Dates: Saturday, March 17, through Saturday, April 28, 2018, except for Saturday, March 31, and Sundays, March 18 and 25, April 1, 8, 15, and 22.
Location: 10200 South 1300 West, South Jordan, Utah – View Map
Dress: Modest dress is requested.
Parking: Please park as instructed on your open house reservation ticket. Parking attendants will guide you to an available space. Plan to arrive early to allow time for traffic, parking, and road construction in the area.
Tours: Open house tours begin with a short video presentation providing an overview of temples and why they are significant to members of the Church. Following the video, a tour host will escort on a walking tour of the temple. At the conclusion of the tour, you are invited to a reception area for a free souvenir photograph (optional) and for answers to questions you may have.
On Saturday, May 19, 2018, a youth cultural celebration entitled Ready will be held at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City commemorating the heritage of the region through narration, song, and dance.
The Jordan River Utah Temple will be rededicated in three sessions at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2018. All sessions will be broadcast to meetinghouses belonging to the Jordan River, Oquirrh Mountain, and Draper temple districts. To enable the Saints to participate in the temple rededication and to place appropriate focus on this sacred event, the three-hour block meetings will be canceled that day for these members.
The Jordan River Utah Temple closed for an extensive renovation on February 15, 2016. The general floor plan remained the same, but selective interior walls came down to accommodate remodeling of the Celestial Room, bride's room, initiatory areas, and the baptistry including the addition of a separate baptistry entrance. The entire interior and exterior were refreshed and beautified with new furnishings, finishes, carpet, artwork, and murals. Escalators were replaced with staircases. Outdated mechanical and electrical systems were replaced with modern equipment including plumbing, heating, and air conditioning. The roof was replaced, and seismic upgrades were made. Modifications to the landscaping has beautified the temple grounds.
The beautifully white Jordan River Utah Temple stands in the southern Salt Lake Valley, 2 miles west of I-15. It is the namesake of the Jordan River, which flows about a mile east of the temple on its course through the valley. At the entrance to the temple, visitors are greeted by a striking water fountain, which spouts among vividly colored flowers and shrubs. The grounds are open to all who wish to the feel the peace that surrounds this holy building.
The Jordan River Utah Temple was the seventh temple built in Utah and the second built in the Salt Lake Valley, following the Salt Lake Temple (1893).
The Jordan River Utah Temple and the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple (2009) were the first pair of temples to be built in the same city.
The Jordan River Utah Temple was the only temple dedicated by President Marion G. Romney, who served as second counselor in the First Presidency.
The Jordan River Utah Temple is the highest capacity temple in the Church with six ordinance rooms each seating 125 patrons.
The Jordan River Utah Temple is one of five temples featuring an angel Moroni statue holding the gold plates. (The other four temples are the Los Angeles California Temple, Washington D.C. Temple, Seattle Washington Temple, and México City México Temple.)
Among the busiest temples in the Church, the Jordan River Utah Temple operates six large ordinance rooms. (Only three other temples have six ordinance rooms: the Ogden Utah Temple, Provo Utah Temple, and Washington D.C. Temple.)
The Jordan River Utah Temple was originally named the Jordan River Temple.
Plans to construct the Jordan River Utah Temple were announced by President Spencer W. Kimball at a news conference.
At the time that the Jordan River Utah Temple was announced, about half of all of the endowments performed in the Church took place in three of the sixteen operating temples: the Salt Lake Temple, the Ogden Utah Temple, and the Provo Utah Temple.
The construction of the Jordan River Utah Temple and its maintenance costs for many years were funded entirely by monetary donations from local members. The temple site was likewise gifted to the Church.
At the unconventional groundbreaking ceremony of the Jordan River Utah Temple, President Spencer W. Kimball delivered his address, offered the dedicatory prayer, and then mounted a huge Caterpillar tractor. He put into action his oft-quoted admonishment to "lengthen our stride" by operating the controls to move a giant shovelful of dirt.
Just hours before the dedication of the Jordan River Utah Temple, news correspondents announced that President Spencer W. Kimball, who was recovering from surgery and a lengthy hospital stay, would likely be confined to his room at the Hotel Utah during the dedication services. But with tears of joy, he was welcomed to the Celestial Room just before the ceremony commenced.