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 were open to the general public. Following the dedication, only Latter-day Saints with “temple recommends” will be permitted to enter the building. The grounds will remain open to the public.
Cedar City Temple Cultural Celebration
December 9, 2017 | America First Event Center / 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.
Must See & Do
Cedar City’s Significant Mormon Heritage Sites:
Cedar City’s Rock Church
100 E Center St | FREE
The crown jewel of Cedar City’s downtown, built from donated materials and local labor during the Great Depression. For a guided tour, please call Georgia Johnson at (702)335-3412.
Cedar City Tabernacle Monument
55 E Center St | FREE
During the summer season, Frontier Homestead State Park offers several hands on activities including gold panning, U-Load It wagon, Candle dipping, Adobe bricking making and Deseret Alphabet. Ask about these activities when you arrive at the park.
Chaffin Gristmnill Monument
658 E 200 S (Canyon Trail) | FREE
This flourmill was constructed in the 1850’s and was operated by John D. Lee for several years before Louis L. Chaffin remodeled and took over with his son, Henry.
Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum
581 N Main St | FREE
Home to local experts and a beautiful collection of local pioneer artifacts, this museum is the perfect place to learn about Cedar City. Located in the Cedar City Visitor Center.
First Cedar Encampment
1203 N Main St | FREE
On November 10, 1851 a small group of men left Parowan to establish an iron works. On November 11th they arrived and made camp in the cove formed by the knoll.
Frontier Homestead State Park Museum
635 N Main St | $4
An interactive historic experience including a 250,000 pound ore shovel which welcomes you to the museum and inside is a world of stage coaches and wagons. Out back find hands-on activities on the “Homestead”, complete with historic structures reresenting life of an early pioneer settlement including the Hunter House, Deseret School House, Pioneer Cabin and Sheep Shearing Shed.
Nellie Unthank Monument
200 S 300 W | FREE
The monument shows a happy, vibrant 9-year-old Nellie, from England, as she started her trek west to the Salt Lake Valley with the Martin Handcart Company in 1856.
Old Iron Town
25 miles west via Hwy U-56 | FREE
Old Iron Town, Tour the ruins of the iron works and oven or take a stroll along the natural trail. We recommend touring the Frontier Homestead State Park First. There is also a covered picnic area available and restrooms.
Old Social Hall Monument
100 E, south of Center St | FREE
In 1861, the Old Fort schoolhouse was dismantled and reassembled in this location as the “Social Hall.”