Cedar City Temple

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.

Who can attend the Open House?
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The Cedar City Temple Open house is free to the public for anyone that would like to attend. The Open House will begin on Friday, October 27, and continue through Saturday, November 18, 2017, (except for the Sundays of October 29, November 5 and November 12.)
Do I need a reservation to attend the Open House?
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It is highly recommended everyone reserve a ticket online. This will help the tours run more smoothly and be a better experience for all guests.

However, no one will be turned away, there will be a stand-by line, but it may require a wait depending on the number of ticketed guests.

Tickets will be available Monday October 2, reservations are free of charge and can be obtained at templeopenhouse.lds.org.

Is there a dress code for the tour?
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No. Modest dress is appreciated, but we welcome anyone who wants to come into the Temple.
Where do I park for the Open House?
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When making your online reservation, you will receive specific instructions on where you should park.

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.

What is the Cultural Celebration?
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The Cedar City Temple Cultural Celebration is a performance by youth within the temple district. The celebration will honor the heritage and the history unique to the area, and will ignite the youths’ own connection to the temple. ​
Can I attend the Cultural Celebration?
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The Cultural Celebration will be held in the Southern Utah University Centrum Arena. The Centrum has just enough seating for the youth who will be performing and some of their leaders. Everyone else will be able to watch the live broadcast of the Cultural Celebration at their local Stake Center.

Cedar City Temple Dedication

December 10, 2017

How can I view the Temple dedication?
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The temple dedication will be on Sunday, December 10, in three sessions at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The dedication will be broadcast to members of the Church in the Cedar City Utah Temple district. The three-hour block of meetings will be cancelled for that Sunday for those congregations to enable members of the Church to participate and focus on this sacred event.
Who can attend the Temple dedication?
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Anyone attending the Dedication must be baptized and temple-worthy. The dedication will be broadcasted to the various stake centers in the temple district. You can receive a temple dedication recommend from a bishopric member in your local ward.

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.

As southern Utah travelers head southbound on Interstate-15, travelers are greeted with the breathtaking view of the Cedar City Temple atop the mountain.