The Church announced in a news release Wednesday the groundbreaking for the Payson Utah Temple, which will bring the total number of operating and announced Utah temples to 15.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve will preside at the groundbreaking at 9 a.m. on Oct. 8.
In the news release, the Church said the new temple will serve the growing LDS community in the Payson area and help ease the heavy use of the Provo Temple — one of the busiest in the Church.
The Payson temple will meet the needs of 22 stakes from Spanish Fork to Nephi, comprising approximately 78,000 church members. Previously, those who wished to attend the temple drove to Provo or Manti to participate in services. The location for the new temple is on the southwest side of Payson, a mile from the 800 South I-15 interchange.