The site for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple was announced by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
The planned three-story temple of approximately 70,000 square feet will be located in Erda, Utah, northwest of the intersection of Erda Way and Highway 36. A 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse will be built adjacent to the temple.
Detailed design plans, interior and exterior renderings and the groundbreaking date for the temple will be released to the public at a later date.
Following the announcement of the temple, President Todd C. Thompson of the Tooele Utah Stake told the Church News that Latter-day Saints in the area have long prayed for a temple. Tooele has seen dramatic growth in recent decades.
“This is something we’ve been hoping for but knowing it might not happen in our lifetimes,” said President Thompson. “We were trying to just be patient and humble, and we’re grateful that the Lord is answering those prayers.”
The state of Utah currently has 17 operating temples. Temples in Layton, Saratoga Springs and Washington County have also been announced.