SOUTH JORDAN – The LDS Church is moving forward with plans to build its fourth Salt Lake County temple – this one inside Kennecott Land’s Daybreak development.
South Jordan City’s Planning Commission has unanimously approved a site plan for the 60,000-square-foot building. Across the valley to the east in Draper, construction is under way at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints‘ third Salt Lake Valley temple.
Home to the Jordan River Temple – the valley’s second – South Jordan will be the first city in the world to have two of the edifices that LDS faithful hold sacred. Approximately 40,000 people live in the southwest Salt Lake Valley city, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and that number is expected to increase dramatically over the next decade.
“We feel very honored,” said Brian Preece, the city’s community-development director. The new temple will “add to the beauty of the city. It will have a positive effect on property values in the immediate area. There was no public comment whatsoever on [the site plan].”
The South Jordan Temple is expected to be completed within the next two years, Preece said.
The building is planned to have a granite facade and a 291-foot, copper-plated spire – topped as all temples are with a golden Angel Moroni statue.
The roof line will be 63 feet high, according to the site plan. The front of the temple will face east with main access on 4000 West.
“People in the community have been very pleased about it,” said Vickie Varela, director of public policy for Kennecott Land. “Daybreak is intended to be a place where people can have great neighborhoods, great gathering places – including churches – and lots of open space.”
She said the company is in discussions with other religious groups that would like to establish buildings. “We’re pleased about that. We intend for Daybreak to be an interesting and diverse community.”
There are 124 LDS temples worldwide. Another 10 are being built. Mormons consider them to be sites where worthy members can participate in marriage ceremonies and other rituals believed to unite families for eternity.