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Latter-day Saint Church alters plans for Tooele Valley temple with new location and name

Exterior - Deseret Peak Utah Temple (formerly known as the Tooele Valley Utah Temple)
Posted at 12:51 PM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 14:51:09-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has chosen a new location and name for its upcoming temple in Tooele County.

The temple, which has been renamed from the "Tooele Valley Utah Temple" to the "Deseret Peak Utah Temple," is now planned for construction west of the intersection of 2400 North 400 West in Tooele.

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The temple had originally been planned to be built in Erda, northwest of the intersection of Erda Way and Highway 36, which is slightly more than two miles from the new site.

According to a news release from the Latter-day Saint Church, the exterior and interior design of the temple will remain the same as depicted in previous renderings.

Last year, the church opted to pull a rezoning request for a planned residential development in what would have been the Tooele Valley Utah Temple's neighborhood. Residents expressed concerns that the high-density housing development that would have surrounded the new temple would change the rural feel of Erda.

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The church plans to build a 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse on the same site as the 70,000-square-foot, three-story temple.

"The First Presidency expresses gratitude for the faith and prayers of Church members in this area, and continues to encourage all people to treat one another with kindness and Christlike love," a news release from the Latter-day Saint Church says.