The open house for the new Red Cliffs Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is underway in St. George, Utah.
Journalists gathered at the house of the Lord for a news conference and tour on Monday, January 29, 2024. Participants included Elder Hugo E. Martinez, General Authority Seventy and First Counselor, Utah Area Presidency; Elder Jonathan S. Schmitt, General Authority Seventy and assistant executive director, Priesthood and Family Department and the Temple Department; and Sister Tamara W. Runia, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency.
Invited guests will walk through the new sacred structure for the next few days before the public open house begins on Thursday, February 1. The open house runs through Saturday, March 2, excluding Sundays. Free reservations can be scheduled online.
About the Red Cliffs Utah Temple
The 96,000-square-foot house of the Lord sits on more than 15 acres of land in southwestern Utah. Once dedicated, this will be the second temple in St. George. The pioneer-era St. George Utah Temple was rededicated in December following extensive renovation.
The Red Cliffs Utah Temple sits at the end of a welcoming palm-tree-lined entrance boulevard that runs north and south.
The temple’s interior and exterior motifs were pulled from the environment that surrounds the St. George area. The motifs designed in the precast concrete exterior were inspired by Southern Utah’s grand cottonwood trees and its numerous mountains and canyons.
The main motif inside the house of the Lord is the dwarf bearclaw poppy. The other motifs in the temple include succulents, Indian paintbrush, cottonwood leaves and pomegranates. The succulent motif is also used throughout all window designs in the temple.
President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, will dedicate the temple in two sessions on Sunday, March 24, 2024. The dedicatory sessions at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. MDT will be broadcast to all units in the Red Cliffs Utah Temple district.
Church President Russell M. Nelson announced the Red Cliffs Utah Temple on October 7, 2018. The groundbreaking was held on November 7, 2020.
The Red Cliffs Utah Temple is one of the Church’s 28 houses of the Lord dedicated or under construction or renovation in Utah.