After Latter-day Saint leaders announced the site of the Lindon Utah Temple on Monday morning, Mayor Jeff Acerson looked out the window of his sunroom at the property and talked about the area’s history and the significance of the arrival of a temple in his city.
“We feel that communities are stronger as they focus on serving others, and I think The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints represents that and really matches well with our community,” said Acerson, a church member who previously served as president of the Rome Italy Mission.
The temple site will be built on the Southeast corner of 800 East and Center Street in Lindon, the First Presidency announced in a brief news release. The Murdock Canal Trail winds along the site’s east border and will give those who walk and bike on the trail a magnificent view of the temple, Acerson said.
The property once was owned by the late Leon R. Walker, who served the church as a regional representative, president of the Concepción Chile Mission and president of the Missionary Training Center in Lima, Peru.
The site is about 14 acres, Acerson said, and currently includes two homes and farmland that has been used to grow tomatoes, zucchini and other crops each summer.
The temple will be constructed adjacent to Oak Canyon Junior High School and in the vicinity of Rocky Mountain Elementary. It also will be near a Latter-day Saint meetinghouse and a few blocks from the church’s Lindon Shared-Stake Family History Center.
The church release stated that the temple will be approximately 81,000 square feet. It did not issue a rendering of the exterior, but the release said one will be shared later.
A groundbreaking date has not been set.
Acerson said church and city officials will meet Tuesday to begin to coordinate construction planning.
The mayor resigned during his first term to serve as the Rome Italy Mission president and said he was there when the late President Thomas S. Monson announced the Rome Temple.
“For the Italians, it was one of those marvelous experiences. It was as if they had won World Cup in soccer,” he said. “It’s a wonderful day for Lindon now. We’re excited. I don’t know how many times I can say we’re excited.”
Hopes of a possible temple in Lindon initially seemed to dissipate in October 2019 when President Nelson announced a temple in neighboring Orem.
“When he said Lindon we were blown away,” Lindon Utah Stake President David Rutter told the Deseret News after the Lindon Temple announcement two months ago, “especially because we just had the announcement for the Orem Utah Temple last year, which is the district we were told we would be in. So yes, we were very humbled and grateful.”
The Orem Temple groundbreaking was held on Sept. 5 and construction is underway for what will be Utah County’s seventh temple.
Acerson said it soon became clear the church was looking for an additional temple site in Lindon for an eighth temple in the valley.
Utah now has 17 operating temples with five more under construction in Layton, Orem, Saratoga Springs, St. George (Red Cliffs Temple) and Taylorsville. Two additional temples in the state have been announced in Syracuse and Tooele Valley.
The church’s release said temples “differ from meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Each temple is considered a house of the Lord where Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. In the temple, church members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to follow Jesus Christ and serve their fellow man.”