As southern Utah travelers head southbound on Interstate-15, they are greeted with the breathtaking view of the Cedar City Temple atop the mountain.
Settled by Mormon Pioneers, Cedar City’s rich heritage celebrates the “sticktuitivness” of its early residents. Seventeen stakes from southern Utah and eastern Nevada are part of this temple district, and many members of the community descend from Hole in the Rock pioneers (1879), Iron Mission pioneers (1850), and members of the Panguitch Quilt Walk (1864). These early saints built tabernacles, churches, schools, and they endured tragedy and hardship. The Cedar City community will rejoice on December 10, 2017 as the temple is dedicated, 166 years after the first group of settlers arrived in Cedar City in 1851.
Latter-day Saints are a temple-building and temple-loving people. It has been so from the earliest days of the Church. Through the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord declared that “my people are always commanded to build [temples] unto my holy name” (D&C 124:39-40). The Church was barely a year old when plans to build a temple were first discussed. Construction began in Kirtland, Ohio, in 1833 and the temple was dedicated in 1836. Today, there are over 150 operating temples in countries around the world, with many more announced or under construction.
Temples are not regular places of Sunday worship for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are quite different from the thousands of regular chapels or meetinghouses all over the world that are used for Sunday services. Anyone, regardless of religion, may enter a Latter-day Saint meetinghouse and attend services. However, because of the sacredness of temples as “houses of the Lord,” only members of the Church, who are in good standing are allowed to enter the temples. A member must be observing the basic principles of the faith and attest to that fact to his or her local leaders once every two years in order to enter a temple.
Cedar City Temple Open House
October 27 – November 18, 2017
During the open house, the Cedar City Temple and surrounding grounds will be open to the general public. Tours will be held Monday-Saturday. Admission is free. Following the dedication, only Latter-day Saints with “temple recommends” will be permitted to enter the building. The grounds will still be open to the public.
Cedar City Temple Cultural Celebration
December 9, 2017 | Southern Utah University Centrum Arena
The Cedar City Temple Cultural Celebration will ignite 4,500 youth performers’ own connection to the temple through song and dance. The celebration, “The Mountain of the Lord” will honor the heritage and the history unique to this temple district. These youth performers will come from the 17 area stakes within the Cedar City Temple District.
Cedar City Temple Dedication
December 10, 2017
Cedar City Temple Opening
December 12, 2017
Following the dedication, only Latter-day Saints with “temple recommends” will be permitted to enter the building. The grounds will still be open to the public.