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A small group of guests help turn the dirt as they begin the construction phase of the new Lindon Temple on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in Utah County have seen a handful of temples pop up over the past decade. On Saturday, another was added with the official dedication of the Lindon Temple.

The new temple will be 15 minutes from the Temple of Mount Timpanogos in American Fork to the north and 15 minutes from the soon-to-be-completed Orem Temple to the south.

“May the building of your holy house here in Lindon continue to bless this community with peace, love, and unity,” Utah Area President Elder Kevin W. Pearson said during his prayer of dedication at the Lindon Temple dedication ceremony.

While groundbreaking work traditionally takes place at the construction site, the cold and wet spring weather forced guests to move inside to a nearby chapel – save for the symbolic turning of the ground with shovels.

Pearson led the ceremony as local leaders and a young woman from nearby congregations in this north-central Utah community spoke at the event.

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A rendering of the Lindon Temple was displayed at the groundbreaking on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

“In the early 1990s, President Joseph F. Smith first prophesied of a time when temples would ‘stretch the earth,’” Elder Pearson said. “At that time this area was little more than a post office located in the Cullimore Mercantile store along State Street by a large lime tree.”

The three-story temple will be approximately 81,000 square feet and will be built near 800 East and Center Street in Lindon. This will be the eighth temple in Utah County.

“Who but a prophet of God could have foreseen the explosive international growth of the Church,” said Elder Pearson. “Who but God would have known that this hallowed ground here in Lindon, Utah would be the site of the announced 219th Temple?

The Lindon Utah Temple was announced in October 2020 by Church President Russell M. Nelson.

In a dedicatory prayer, Elder Pearson gave thanks to the Lord for temples around the world that glorify Christ and bring individuals and families closer to God.

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Invited guests gathering in the nearby chapel for the groundbreaking Lindon Temple services. The weather did not allow the full service to be held next to Saturday April 23, 2022.

“Bless those who work here, that they may feel the eternal significance of what they are building and may they be blessed and protected as they labor to build it,” he said.

Pearson also prayed that “the promises [God has] made available by [His] Beloved Son, Jesus Christ” will be remembered and pondered by the youth as they come to the temple. “We ask you to bless them with additional protection from temptation and evil as they come to partake of this sacred temple…Bless their parents with the desire and determination to uplift them in righteousness and truth in unprecedented time.”

Participation in the inauguration ceremony was by invitation only. Those who live in the temple area were able to watch a broadcast.

Utah, the world headquarters of the Church, has 2.2 million members. The Hive State has 28 temples announced, under construction, renovation or operation. Other temples include Bountiful, Brigham City, Cedar City, Deseret Peak, Draper, Ephraim, Heber Valley, Jordan River, Layton, Lindon, Logan, Manti, Monticello, Mount Timpanogos, Ogden, Oquirrh Mountain, Orem, Payson, Provo City Center , Provo, Red Cliffs, Salt Lake, Saratoga Springs, Smithfield, St. George, Syracuse, Taylorsville and Vernal Utah Temples.

The temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints differ from churches or chapels where members meet for Sunday services. Each temple is considered a “house of the Lord” where the teachings of Jesus Christ are reaffirmed through baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity.


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