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Open-house reservations available for Manti Utah Temple

The public open house will run from Thursday, March 14, through Friday, April 5, excluding Sundays; reservations, are recommended

Reservations are now available online to tour the renovated historic Manti Utah Temple during the public open house, via reservations.churchofjesuschrist.org

The public open house will run from Thursday, March 14, through Friday, April 5, excluding Sundays. Reservations, which are recommended, are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays from Thursday, March 14, to Tuesday, March 26; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays from Wednesday, March 27, to Wednesday, April 3; and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and on Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5.

The free tour includes a walking tour through the temple. Comfortable shoes and modest dress are recommended. The full tour of the historic Manti Utah Temple includes many stairs; a limited main-floor tour is also available. The tours for the Manti temple are expected to take about one hour. Parking is accessed via 400 North, and a shuttle will be available from the lower parking lot at 400 North and 100 East.

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After a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is built or has undergone an extensive renovation, it is generally opened for public tours prior to being dedicated or rededicated. After the dedication or rededication, Church members with temple recommends can enter to perform sacred ordinances.

The Manti Utah Temple will be rededicated on Sunday, April 21, and the service will be broadcast to local units in the temple district. Additional information regarding the rededication — including times of sessions and who will be presiding — will be announced later.

The central Utah town of Manti is about 125 miles south of Salt Lake City in Sanpete County.

Aerial view of the two-towered Manti Utah Temple and annex building with the city in the background.
The Manti Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is pictured in Manti, Utah, on Saturday, May 1, 2021. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Manti Utah Temple history and renovation 

During the April 2019 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced the renovation of several pioneer-era temples — including the 74,792-square-foot Manti temple, which required mechanical upgrades and technology to allow the ordinances and covenants to be administered in multiple languages.

On May 1, 2021, President Nelson announced plans to preserve “the pioneer craftsmanship, artwork and character” of the Manti temple — as well as plans to construct a second temple in Utah’s Sanpete Valley in the city of Ephraim. A closure date of Oct. 1, 2021, was set to start the multiyear renovations.

Church leaders announced plans to construct the Manti temple June 25, 1875. Church President Brigham Young broke ground April 25, 1877, and President Wilford Woodruff, then president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and later the Church’s fourth President, dedicated the temple on May 21, 1888. Almost a century later, in June 1985, President Gordon B. Hinckley, then a counselor in the First Presidency, rededicated the temple following renovation. 

The Manti temple was the Church of Jesus Christ’s fifth constructed in the latter days and third-oldest still in operation. The Kirtland Temple building is now owned by the Community of Christ, and the original Nauvoo Temple was left behind by the Saints who were forced to migrate to the Salt Lake Valley; it was later destroyed by fire and a tornado.

Temples in Utah were later built and dedicated — in order — in St. George, Logan, Manti and Salt Lake City before the end of the 19th century.

Following President Nelson’s April 2019 announcement, the St. George Utah Temple was the first to close and begin renovations, in November 2019. The St. George temple was rededicated on Dec. 10, 2023. 

The Salt Lake Temple closed in December 2019 for extensive renovations and seismic upgrading. The latest projections for completion are for 2026.

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The Manti Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is closed for renovation, is pictured on Friday, March 11, 2022.
The Manti Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is closed for renovation, is pictured on Friday, March 11, 2022. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Temples in Utah 

The Manti Utah Temple is one of a dozen temples in Utah that will be dedicated or rededicated in the next several years. Utah is home of the Church’s world headquarters and nearly 2.2 million Latter-day Saints.

Utah’s currently operating temples are the Bountiful, Brigham City, Cedar City, Draper, Jordan River, Logan, Monticello, Mount Timpanogos, Ogden, Oquirrh Mountain, Orem, Payson, Provo, Provo City Center, Saratoga Springs, St. George and Vernal temples. The Orem temple was dedicated on Jan. 21.

Three temples have dedication dates: The Red Cliffs Utah Temple in St. George is scheduled to be dedicated on March 24, the Taylorsville Utah Temple on June 2 and the Layton Utah Temple on June 16. (See below for open house information.)

Like the St. George temple was, the Salt Lake and Manti temples have been under renovation, with reconstruction of the Provo Utah Temple to begin in late February 2024.

Six other Utah temples are under construction: Deseret Peak, Ephraim, Heber Valley, Lindon, Smithfield and Syracuse.

Upcoming temple open houses

Other ongoing and announced temple open houses include: 

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  • The public open house for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple will be Friday, March 15, through Saturday, March 30, excluding Sundays. The house of the Lord will be dedicated on April 28, by President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency. 
  • The Puebla Mexico Temple public open house will be Friday, March 29, through Saturday, April 20, excluding Sundays, and April 6 for general conference. The house of the Lord will be dedicated on Sunday, May 19, by Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
  • The public open house for the Taylorsville Utah Temple will be Saturday, April 13, to Saturday, May 18, excluding Sundays. Elder Gong will dedicate the house of the Lord on Sunday, June 2. 
  • The  Cobán Guatemala Temple public open house is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, through Saturday, May 11, excluding Sundays. Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will dedicate the house of the Lord on Sunday, June 9.
  • The Salta Argentina Temple public open house will be Friday, May 3, through Saturday, May 18, excluding Sundays. Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will dedicate the house of the Lord on Sunday, June 16.
  • The public open house for the Layton Utah Temple will be Friday, April 19, through Saturday, June 1, excluding Sundays. The house of the Lord will be dedicated on Sunday, June 16, by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Information about tour reservations will be available later on reservations.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

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Correction: A previous version of this article had the recent rededication date of the St. George Utah Temple as Dec. 10, 2024. It was rededicated on Dec. 10, 2023. 

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