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The Jordan River Temple

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Glory to God
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Lake Applet created by:  Ken Jackson
Temple Dedication:  November 16, 1981 by Marion G. Romney
Location:  10200 South 1300 West; South Jordan, Utah (about 15 miles south of Salt Lake City in South Jordan)
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.
Temple Design:  Modern single spire design.
Number of Rooms:  Six ordinance rooms and seventeen sealing.
Total Floor Area:  153,641 square feet.
Current Temple Schedule:   Jordan River Temple Schedule
  Dedicatory Prayer Excerpt:  "We are thankful that Thou didst inspire Thy prophet, Brigham Young, to lead Thy people to this beautiful and peaceful valley; that Thou didst inspire him to plan the Salt Lake Temple, whose pointed spires, reaching toward heaven, symbolize the eternal quest of Thy children for the blessing of exaltation in Thy holy presence. We are thankful too that Thou didst inspire Thy prophet in this day to select the beautiful site for this           edifice on which still another holy temple has been erected in this valley. We are grateful for those who, in their generosity, donated this site for this purpose, and for all who have given so generously of their means, their time, their skills, and their strength to make possible this sacred house. May each contributor, whether of money or services or goods, rejoice in the opportunity to assist in Thy holy work."

Comments:  The First Presidency's 1978 announcement of the building of a second temple in the Salt Lake Valley came as a surprise to many. Even though the building of the Ogden and Provo temples had been completed less than ten years earlier, the increasing number of members in the area was creating serious overcrowding in the Salt Lake Temple.  Hence, construction commenced on the new Jordan River Temple. The extensive use of stained glass combined with nighttime floodlighting makes the temple a prominent landmark, easily seen from many parts of the valley. When it was dedicated in 1981, it had the largest  capacity of any temple in the Church having six endowment rooms that could seat up to 125 persons each. This made it about 25 percent larger than the similarly designed Ogden and Provo temples. During the dedication, Elder Mark E. Peterson spoke powerfully about the necessity of work for the dead. "His testimony of the Savior brought tears to many eyes." Several people present described a "light that seemed to radiate from his face as he spoke." He later confirmed to his family of "the strength of the Spirit he had felt."

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