Draper Utah Mormon Temple
More Mormon temples are needed even in Utah.
A temple is a house of learning wherein the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ are reviewed and profound truths of the kingdom of God are unfolded. In the Temple, the cares and worries of the world are put aside.
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced in October 2004 that the Church’s 12th temple in Utah would be built in the Corner Canyon area of Draper, a community located in the southeast Salt Lake Valley.
Late Mormon President Gordon Hinckley said the new building was needed to relieve overcrowding at the Jordan River Temple, located at 10200 South and 1300 West.
A year and a half after the LDS Church announced plans to build a temple in Draper’s Corner Canyon, site plans were approved for the edifice.
The medium-sized facility, completed in March 2009, and dedicated in 12 sessions on March 22, 2009, sits on 12 acres at 2000 East and 1400 South. The lot already includes the Corner Canyon meetinghouse for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that was completed last year.
The 57,000-square-foot temple is 166 feet high from the main level to the top of the structure’s only spire, which will include a symbolic Angel Moroni statue like those that sit atop many LDS temples.
This Mormon temple has white walls that rise in a stair-step fashion. There are numerous varieties of trees surrounding the temple and lining the 492 parking spots.
The Draper Temple towers over 1,000 acres of open space in Corner Canyon that the city approved last fall. The canyon, which consists of mostly mountain grasses, sagebrush and oak, also serves as a habitat for deer, elk, and other wildlife.
Adapted from Deseret Morning News, By Amelia Nielson-Stowell
14065 Canyon Vista Lane
Draper, UT 84020