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Bountiful Utah Temple
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Announced: May 28, 1988.
Location: In the Bountiful foothills on east bench (at 1650 East), 640 S.
Bountiful Blvd, Bountiful, UT 84010-1394; phone: (801) 296-2100.
Site: 11 acres.
Exterior finish: Bethel white granite.
Temple design: Modern, with single spire.
Architect: Allen Ereckson, architect of record; Keith Stepan, project
architect; and Church architectural staff.
Contractor: Oakland Construction Co.
Project manager: Jerry Sears.
Construction adviser: Michael Enfield.
Rooms: Baptistry, celestial room, four endowment rooms, eight sealing
Total floor area: 104,000 square feet.
Dimensions: 145 feet by 198 feet; statue of Angel Moroni on top spire; 176
District: 30 stakes in Central and south Davis County, Utah.
Groundbreaking, site dedication: May 2, 1992, by President Ezra Taft
Dedication: Jan. 8-14, 1995, by President Howard W. Hunter, 28 sessions.
Done by President Howard W. Hunter
O God, our Eternal Father, thou great Elohim, Creator of the heavens, the
earth and all things thereon, we come before thee this sacred and blessed
day with bowed heads, full hearts and subdued spirits.
We pray to thee, our Father, in the name of thy Beloved Son, thine Only
Begotten, even our Redeemer and our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Lord. We know
that through obedience to thy divine commandments, we may return to thee
and be blessed with life eternal in thy exalted presence.
We are grateful for this long-awaited day of dedication, when this, thy
Holy House, has been completed. Bless, we pray thee, those faithful members
here and throughout the world who have contributed their tithes which have
made possible this magnificent edifice for thy name's honor and glory and
for the blessing of all who enter herein. Let peace prevail as we lift our
voices in songs of praise and words of prayer unto thee, our God.
We are thankful that thou sent thine Only Begotten Son to this earth to be
its Savior, and the Prophet Joseph Smith to bring about the restoration,
and that thou did appear to the Prophet in person to open the heavens and
to restore to the world the knowledge of thee and thy Son and thy holy
The atonement wrought by thy Son gives purpose to our being and turns our
thoughts heavenward. We thank thee that thou did reveal unto thy priesthood
even the sacred sealing power, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, so that
in this temple and all thy other holy houses, thy faithful Saints may be
endowed with power from on high and may enter into those everlasting
covenants which open the door to the receipt of all of the blessings of
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the holy prophets. The Plan of Salvation
taught in the temple with simplicity, yet with power, will be as a
never-failing beacon of divine light to guide our footsteps and keep them
constantly on the pathway of eternal life.
As we do the work in this temple for those who have gone beyond, we are
reminded of the inspired counsel of President Joseph F. Smith who declared:
"Through our efforts in their behalf, their chains of bondage will fall
from them, and the darkness surrounding them will clear away, that light
may shine upon them; and they shall hear in the spirit world of the work
that has been done for them by their children here, and will rejoice."
We seek to be like thee; we seek to pattern our lives after the life of thy
Son; we desire righteousness for ourselves and our children and our
children's children. We plead with thee to make us worthy to inherit the
fullness of those blessings found only in thy holy temples—even those
blessings which grow out of a continuation of the family unit forever. We
thank thee for the freedom we enjoy in this blessed land. Grant that the
freedom emanating from the inspired Constitution, which provides us the
opportunity to erect this holy temple, may be strengthened in other lands
and open the way for more temples to dot the landscapes of countries
throughout the world, that all thy worthy children may be blessed as we are
Bless thy messengers of glory—even the missionaries of thy Church—that they
may proclaim with persuasion and power thy truths. Protect them, watch over
them, and lead them to those whom thou hast prepared to hear, to believe,
and to embrace the Gospel of thy Beloved Son.
Father in Heaven bless, we pray thee, the President of the Church and his
counselors who comprise the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve
Apostles, the Quorums of the Seventy, and the Presiding Bishopric with thy
guiding influence and inspiration.
Bless the temple president and his counselors, together with their wives,
and all who will assist in the operation of this temple.
Bless thy children throughout the world who know hunger, who have no
shelter and who face daily suffering. May we who have been blessed with
abundance reach out in a spirit of love and true charity to those who yearn
for our help.
In a time of departure from safe moorings, may youth of the noble
birthright carry on in the traditions of their parents and grandparents.
They are subjected to the sophistries of Satan. Help such youth to stand
firm for truth. Open wide to their view the gates of learning, of
understanding, of service in thy kingdom. Bless them with a lengthened view
of their eternal possibilities.
Today when the family unit is under attack and things long held sacred are
often ridiculed by the world, we seek thy help to make us equal to our
tasks, that our homes may be havens of peace and happiness. In our
families, may we pause to pray and think to thank.
We express our gratitude for all who have participated in the preparations
for this day of dedication, as well as for those who made possible the
highly successful open house event. We ask thy blessings to attend that
vast throng who walked within these sacred walls and felt stirring thoughts
course through their minds and hearts. May the spirit of the temple
continue with them. And now, our Beloved Father, acting in the authority of
the Holy Priesthood and in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, we dedicate
unto thee and unto thy Son this, the Bountiful Utah Temple of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We dedicate it as a house of baptism, a
house of endowment, a house of sealing, a house of righteousness, for the
living and for the dead.
We humbly pray that thou wilt accept this edifice and let thy blessings be
upon it. Let thy spirit attend and guide all who officiate herein, that
holiness will prevail in every room. May all who enter have clean hands and
pure hearts. May they be built up in their faith and depart with a feeling
of peace, praising thy holy name. We dedicate the ground on which the
temple stands, sensing it was reserved for this purpose. We dedicate the
beautiful structure, from the unseen footings to the majestic figure of
Moroni crowning its highest point. We dedicate the baptistry, all of the
facilities for administering the sacred ordinances, the endowment rooms,
the sealing rooms with their sacred altars, and the lovely celestial room,
together with all ancillary facilities and the beautiful grounds with their
lawns, flowers, trees, and shrubs. Protect all from any devastating
influence, destruction, or defacement.
May this House provide a spirit of peace to all who observe its majesty,
and especially to those who enter for their own sacred ordinances and to
perform the work for their loved ones beyond the veil. Let them feel of thy
divine love and mercy. May they be privileged to say, as did the Psalmist
of old, "We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God
As we dedicate this sacred edifice, we rededicate our very lives to thee
and to thy work.
O, Holy Father, bless thy children everywhere with the peace promised by
thy Son—even the peace which passeth understanding. Shield us, we pray,
from selfishness or sin and provide the power that we might rise above all
that is sordid or below the dignity of thy children.
And now we dedicate this temple as an abode for thee and thy Son. Let thy
glorious light ever shine upon it. Wilt thou place thy ratifying seal of
approval upon this dedicatory service and upon all we have done and shall
do in this, thy Holy House, which we now present to thee.
May we, thy children, merit thy bounteous blessings and thy watchful care,
we pray, in the name of thy Beloved Son, even the name of Jesus Christ, the
200,000 attend dedicatory sessions
A total of 201,655 members attended the 28 dedicatory sessions of the
Bountiful Utah Temple, the largest number attending a temple dedication in
the history of the Church.
The temple was dedicated Jan. 8-14, and opened for temple work at 6 a.m.
Jan. 17. On that day, Temple Pres. Harold C. Yancey said a large crowd
entered for the first session and almost immediately filled three endowment
rooms. Some nine weddings were performed. `We've had a wonderful first
day," he said.Although it was chilly for the first dedicatory session on
Jan, 8, the weather during the week was unseasonably mild, with a January
thaw melting snow the latter part of the week. Snow fell Sunday, Jan. 15,
and on Jan. 17 a heavy storm dressed the entire area in white.
The Bountiful Temple District is made up of 28 stakes in southern Davis
County, from Kaysville on the north to North Salt Lake on the south.
Of those participating in the dedication, 67,551 attended at the temple;
82,174 at the Salt Lake Tabernacle; 20,463, Bountiful Regional Center;
13,418, Ogden Tabernacle; 5,399, Brigham City Tabernacle; and 12,650 at the
Logan Tabernacle. Sessions were carried to the Brigham City Tabernacle on
the first and last days of the dedication. Two sessions a day were
transmitted to the Logan Tabernacle in the evenings during the week, with
three sessions on Saturday.
The dedication was a highlight described by one member in one word:
"Wonderful." Others were equally touched by the experience. Day after day,
session after session, members arrived at the temple dressed in their best
As soon as one session began, lines began forming for the next session and
members waited patiently from one to two hours.
Among the families attending were the Ioakima Talo family of Clearfield,
Utah, who are members of the Mapusaga (Samoan) Ward in the Salt Lake Hunter
Stake. They came to the 10:30 a.m. session on Jan. 13. "It was very nice,"
said Brother Talo.
Several bishops in the Utah North Area, including some outside the temple
district, were contacted by the Church News. The bishops issued from 35 to
nearly 200 tickets to ward members.
Bishop Johnny E. Fry of the Oakridge 4th Ward, Farmington Utah Oakridge
Stake, estimated that 92 percent of the temple recommend holders in his
ward attended with their children. He also said the number of non-recommend
holders in the ward dropped from 35 percent to 11 percent as the dedication
time arrived. The ward prepared for the dedication for many months, and
promoted it throughout the ward. "Spiritually, it was a quantum leap
forward for our ward," said Bishop Fry. Bishop Stephen W. Knight of the
West Bountiful (Utah) 4th Ward, said several members of his ward who had
not been to the temple for some time had renewed their recommends for this
occasion. "There was a lot of excitement," said Bishop Knight. "I sense
that the ward members have renewed enthusiasm and dedication for temple
work. We have really high hopes in that direction.
"There is also a lot of enthusiasm among the young people. The dedication
has lived up to our expectations. We are delighted to have a temple this
close and be able to look at it from our home. It will have an impact on
Bishop Randy A. Jackman of the Rose Park 4th Ward in Salt Lake City said
about 100 members of his ward attended dedicatory sessions in the Bountiful
Regional Center. "Everyone had a wonderful experience and it was very
spiritual for them all. A lot of people are excited about temple work. This
will definitely have a long-term impact on our ward."
Bishop Terry D. Carpenter of the Ogden (Utah) 48th Ward said about 35
members of his ward attended sessions in the Ogden Tabernacle. "For those
who attended, it will leave an everlasting impression," he said.
Bishop Evan P. Guymon of the Grandview Ward, Ogden Utah Weber Heights
Stake, estimated that 100 ward members attended a dedicatory session. "We
attended the first session at the Ogden Tabernacle. It was just
In Logan, Bishop Robert L. Jensen of the Logan 24th Ward, Logan Utah East
Stake, said 110 members of his ward attended dedicatory sessions in the
Logan Tabernacle. He noted that he'd used up all the tickets he was
allotted and had to obtain more to meet the request.
"Every one I've talked to enjoyed it a great deal," he said. "I'm hoping
this will increase temple activity."
Public invited to Bountiful Temple
At the official opening of tours of the Bountiful Utah Temple Thursday
morning, Nov. 3, Elder James E. Faust of the Council of the Twelve hosted
members of the media at an open house. Throughout the remainder of the day
and on Friday, Nov. 4, he hosted government, business, community and
education leaders, representatives of other religions and other special
guests on tours of the new edifice.
Public tours of the temple begin Saturday, Nov. 5, and are scheduled to
continue through Dec. 17, except Sundays and Thanksgiving. On Tuesdays
through Saturdays, tours are scheduled for 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. The temple will
close to tours at 6 p.m. on Mondays.While tours are free to the public,
tickets are required. Earlier, tickets were distributed in Salt Lake, Davis
and Weber counties through local Church units. Ample tickets are still
available at the Bountiful Regional Center (formerly Valley Music Hall),
off I-15 at the Woods Cross exit. (Telephone 801-299-4222.)
Officials anticipate 900,000 to 1.1 million people will tour the temple
during the open house. More
than 33,000 tickets were issued for Saturday, Nov. 5, alone.
The new temple is located about nine miles north of Salt Lake City in the
foothills of Bountiful overlooking the Great Salt Lake. It will be the
Church's 47th temple in operation and Utah's eighth. About 92,000 members
reside in the 28 stakes that comprise the temple district, which extends
from North Salt Lake to Kaysville in Davis County.
"We are certain that anyone who participates in either the open house or in
the dedicatory sessions that will be held in January will never be the same
again, with respect to their attitudes and perspectives toward the House of
the Lord," said Elder John E. Fowler of the Seventy and president of the
Utah North Area. "Whether they're members of the Church or not, active or
not, everyone who walks through this sacred edifice will be forever changed
by the spirit of the Bountiful temple.
"This open house is a wonderful and unique opportunity for everyone in the
vicinity. It is very infrequently that people who are not members of the
Church or who have not been to the temple are able to experience first-hand
a house of the Lord. This is a special edifice, the construction and use of
which is unique to the Latter-day Saint people. We desire greatly to have
as many people as possible come see it during the open house. All are
welcome. The active and less-active Latter-day Saints and those who are not
members of the Church will have a marvelous experience as they visit the
Elder Blaine P. Jensen, the regional representative who is vice chairman of
the Bountiful Utah Temple committee, said: "The temple is ready. We feel
that we have all the arrangements made to accommodate these many thousands
of visitors who will attend the open house. Our great hope is that all who
come will have a worry-free and an interruption-free spiritual experience
as they go into this magnificent building."
Directions to the temple and instructions for parking are printed on the
back of each ticket, along with other key information pertaining to
attending the open house. "We will do all in our power to make this a
marvelous experience for everyone. We will be able to accommodate people
with handicaps or special needs.
"We are extremely pleased with the support of the local members of the
Church. We anticipate that before the completion of the dedication we will
have had 40,000 volunteers involved."
After the open house, the temple will be closed for three weeks to prepare
for the dedication, which will comprise 28 sessions from Sunday, Jan. 8 to
Saturday, Jan 14. Each of the temple district's 28 stakes will be assigned
a dedicatory session. Tickets to attend the dedicatory sessions will be
issued to those baptized members 8 years of age and older who are
determined to be worthy by their bishops.
The First Presidency has invited members of the Church who live in Salt
Lake and Weber counties, as well as those in Davis County who are not part
of the temple district, to participate in the events of the dedication,
Elder Fowler said. Tickets will be available through their bishops. Many
members will be invited to participate in the dedicatory services through
closed-circuit television at the Salt Lake and Ogden tabernacles and the
Bountiful Regional Center.
"No matter where members attend the dedication, it will be a wonderful
experience," Elder Fowler said. "Can you imagine the excitement of being in
the Tabernacle on Temple Square or in one of the other great assemblies and
being part of a dedication session with thousands of other Latter-day
Saints, relishing the beautiful spirit of that occasion?"
The new temple, constructed by Okland Construction Co., includes 100,000
square feet. It has four ordinance rooms, eight sealing rooms, a celestial
room, baptistry, offices, laundry and cafeteria. Ground was broken for the
edifice May 2, 1992, by President Ezra Taft Benson.