CEDAR CITY — Though the groundbreaking for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s Cedar City Utah Temple Saturday morning is by invitation only, the church will broadcast the event live to each of the 17 stake centers located within the temple’s district for public viewing.
The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and those interested in observing the event are asked to be to their viewing location by 9:30 a.m. so everyone can be seated before the groundbreaking starts.
The long-awaited temple construction will mark the dawn of a new era for Southern Utah Mormons who have always had to travel to St. George to do their temple work.
The closer location will serve members from the 17 stakes in Southern Utah and eastern Nevada listed below:
- Beaver Utah Stake | 1380 E. 200 North, Beaver, Utah
- Cedar City Utah Canyon View Stake | 1985 N. Main St., Cedar City, Utah
- Cedar City Utah Cross Hollow Stake | 2830 W. Cody Drive, Cedar City, Utah
- Cedar City Utah Married Student Stake | 520 S. 1100 West, Cedar City, Utah
- Cedar City Utah North Stake | 95 N. 2125 West, Cedar City, Utah
- Cedar City Utah Stake | 155 E. 400 South, Cedar City, Utah
- Cedar City Utah West Stake | 725 S. 1100 West, Cedar City, Utah
- Cedar City YSA 1st Stake | 61 N. 900 West, Cedar City, Utah
- Cedar City YSA 2nd Stake | 85 N. 600 West, Cedar City, Utah
- Ely Nevada Stake | 900 Ave East, Ely, Nevada
- Enoch Utah Stake | 2233 E. Village Green, Cedar City, Utah
- Enoch Utah West Stake | 3575 N. Minersville Road, Enoch, Utah
- Escalante Utah Stake | 80 S. Center St., Escalante, Utah
- Minersville Utah Stake | 130 W. Main St., Minersville, Utah
- Panaca Nevada Stake | 1065 Main St., Panaca, Nevada
- Panguitch Utah Stake | 550 S. 100 West, Panguitch, Utah
- Parowan Utah Stake | 90 S. Main St., Parowan, Utah
The live broadcasting event is open to both the Mormon and non-Mormon public and are scheduled to last about 45 minutes to an hour.
The 17th temple to be built in Utah will be built on a 7.3 acre site at 300 S. Cove Drive, Cedar City, according to a press release from the Mormon Church. Upon completion, the Cedar City Utah Temple is planned to be nearly 42,657 square feet and stand four stories high.
The announcement for the Cedar City Utah Temple came on the morning of April 6, 2013 at the 183rd Annual General Conference, according to ldschurchtemples.org, an unofficial website for the church.
“President Thomas S. Monson announced that a new temple would be constructed in the city of Cedar City, Utah,” the website reported. “The Cedar City Utah Temple will be the seventeenth in Utah, following the Provo City Center Temple, which is currently under construction. There are nearly two million Church members in Utah.”
The St. George Utah Temple currently serves church members from 47 stakes in Southern Utah, eastern Nevada and northern Arizona, the website went on to say. Having a second temple in Southern Utah will help curb the high volume of traffic the St. George Utah Temple facilitates.
Elder Kent F. Richards of the second quorum of the Seventy will introduce speakers and lead the groundbreaking ceremony while President L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy will be present and preside over the event, according to the press release.
Attendees are asked to wear their Sunday best for the historic event.
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