“Oquirrh” — Goshute Indian word meaning “wooded mountain” or “shining mountains” (pronounced “O-ker”). This temple is the 130th operating temple worldwide and the 13th in Utah.
Announced: On Oct. 1, 2005, President Gordon B. Hinckley announced plans for a fourth temple in the southwest area of the Salt Lake Valley.
Location: 11022 S. 4000 West in South Jordan, Utah. Originally named the South Jordan Utah Temple, it was changed on Dec. 16, 2006, to avoid confusion with the Jordan River Utah Temple, also in South Jordan.
Site: 11 acres.
Exterior finish: Uinta gold granite from the Quanzhou/Xiamen area, China.
Interior features: Light limestone from Morocco and darker limestone from Egypt. Woods: rift-cut white oak solids from Indiana and Kentucky. Veneers: white oak (doors) and sycamore from the German Alps. Chandeliers: Schonebek with Swarovski Crystal. Celestial room chandelier is 15 feet tall with 19,447 individual crystals. Bronze handrails: Julius Blum components forged in the United States. Original murals: painted by Church-service missionaries, supervised by Linda Curley Christensen.
Temple design: End spire.
Architect: Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Project manager: Russell S. Tanner.
Contractor: Okland Construction Co., Salt Lake City, Utah.
Rooms: Four ordinance rooms, six sealing rooms, baptistry, celestial room.
Total floor area: 60,000 square feet.
Dimensions: 108 feet by 209 feet. Height is 183 feet to top of angel statue.
District: Serves members in 26 stakes across the west portion of the Salt Lake Valley.
Groundbreaking, site dedication: Dec. 16, 2006, by President Gordon B. Hinckley.
Dedication: Aug. 21-23, 2009, by President Thomas S. Monson, 9 sessions.