Utah doesn’t have enough temples, especially along the Wasatch Front. Members there must travel upwards of 5 minutes to attend a temple, which is just completely wrong.
Thank goodness, then, that the Payson Utah Temple was just dedicated. The suffering saints of southern Utah County no longer must drive the 15.6 miles to Provo to attend the temple.
Alright, all snark aside, this is great. We love temples here at This Week in Mormons and we’re stoked to get another one. The Payson Utah Temple is a beauty, as you might remember from some interior photos the Church published.
After laying the cornerstone around 10 am, President Henry B. Eyring dedicated the temple on Sunday, June 7, 2015 across three dedicatory sessions. We’ll attach photos here as they come in.
The temple will officially open on Tuesday morning, serving the saints of southern Utah Valley, an area that has seen substantial growth in recent years as residents flee the exorbitant cost of living in Provo and Pleasant Grove. Drat, there’s that sarcasm again!
This brings the total number of operating temples to 146. Payson won’t be the newest for very long, as the Trujillo Peru Temple is slated for dedication Sunday, June 21, followed by the dedication of the Indianapolis Indiana Temple in August and the Tijuana Mexico Temple in December.
Enjoy your new temple, Payson!