Take a look at the story of the Payson Utah Temple, dedicated today, through this collection of videos.
The Payson Utah Temple was announced on January 25, 2010
Elder Dallin H. Oaks presided over the ground breaking ceremony on October 11, 2011.
Two years later, hundreds of LDS members in the local community gathered to see the Angel Moroni placed on top of the temple spire. As show in this video by Jason Petty, youth played instruments as the crowd sang “The Spirit of God.”
As construction nears complete, a video shot by Shane Hunt showing an aerial view of the temple goes viral.
On December 12, 2015 almost 5 years after the announcement of the temple, the Church released the official open house and dedication dates.
Approximately a month before the open house begins, the first photos of the interior of the temple are released. Members quickly share the photos through social media; an example is included below.
Thousands attend the Payson Utah Temple Open House from April 24 to May 23, 2015. Lana Hiskey, public affairs chair for the Payson Utah Temple, talks with the Daily Herald about the local motifs and themes that can be found within the architecture and decoration of the temple.
Though torrential rain and lightning delayed the performance, thousands of youth from the Payson Utah Temple district gathered together last night to “Fill the World With Love,” per the theme of the cultural celebration. President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency was just one of the General Authorities of the Church in attendance.
Youth also braved the stormy weather for rehearsals. Here is a video of participants from Salem practicing for the “Through Heaven’s Eyes” number.
The Payson Utah Temple officially opens for all patrons this Tuesday, June 9, 2015.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.