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The Manti Utah Temple, Located in the city of Manti, Utah, is the fifth constructed temple, the third temple built west of the Mississippi River, and the third still in use. (The St. George Utah and Logan Utah temples preceded it.) The Manti Temple was designed by William Harrison Folsom, who moved to Manti while the temple was under construction. It is one of only two remaining LDS temples in the world where live actors are used in the endowment ceremonies (the other is the Salt Lake Temple); all other temples use films in the presentation of the endowment.[1] Like the Original St. George and Original Logan Temples, it uses 4 progressive rooms to represent progression through life.[2]



Brigham Young announced the decision to build a temple in Manti  on June 25, 1875. The Salt Lake Temple had been announced in 1847, but construction was still underway and not finished until 1893. The Manti Temple was built, along with the St. George and Logan temples, to satisfy the church’s immediate need for temple work. The site for the temple was the Manti Stone Quarry, a large hill immediately northeast of town. Early Mormon settlers in the area had prophesied that this would be the site of a temple.


Ground was broken on 4 April 1877 by Brigham Young.  Earlier that morning Brigham took Warren S. Snow with him to a corner of the lot. He said:

Here is the spot where the Prophet Moroni stood and dedicated this piece of land for a Temple site, and that is the reason why the location is made here, and we can’t move it from this spot.[3]


Original Temple, annex, and terraces.

The temple was completed in 1888, and a private dedication was held on May 17, 1888, with a prayer written by Wilford Woodruff. Three public dedications were then held on May 21–23, 1888, and were directed by Lorenzo Snow.[4]

 The Manti Temple was the location of the Holy of Holies until the Salt Lake Temple was dedicated. The room was then used for sealings until it was closed in the late 1970s.


Construction of a great stone stairway leading up the hill to the west temple doors began in 1907.[5]


West side annex extension plus grand staircase approximately 1939

1935 New annex extension containing Linen Room and Office space.

On 15 July 1935, the temple was fully lit at night for the first time.


On 18 March 1940 work was undertaken to remove the stone stairs and to beautify the grounds.


Between 1944 and 1945 the annex, chapel, kitchen, Garden Room, and men’s and women’s areas were remodeled.


Annex entrance extension. Original chimney was removed and an entrance annex was built in that location.

31 July 1956 New annex Entrance begun.


The tunnel beneath the east tower of the temple through which wagons and cars could pass was closed off in the 1960s.


1985 Remodel. Annex entrance was removed and new 2 story entrance added instead. 2 Story addition made off east side of annex. Crenelations added to 1938 annex west side extension.

In 1981 church officials decided that the interior of the temple needed extensive remodeling. The renovation took four years, during which murals and original furniture were restored, offices were enlarged and remodeled, a separate door was made to the baptistry, water and weather damage were repaired, an elevator was installed, and locker rooms were improved among many other projects.


In June 1985, Gordon B. Hinckley directed the rededication ceremonies.[6][7]

Exterior preservation efforts have also occurred since that time.[8]


President Lonnie B. Nally 2015–
President George S. Grimshaw 2012–2015
President Ed J. Pinegar 2009–2012
President J. Bruce Harless 2006–2009
President Archie M. Brugger 2003–2006
President Jack H. Goaslind Jr. 2000–2003
President Graham W. Doxey 1997–2000
President Lee R. Barton 1994–1997
President Garth P. Monson 1991–1994
President Earl R. Olsen 1988–1991
President Alma P. Burton 1985–1988
President Wilbur W. Cox 1978–1985
President June W. Black 1974–1978
President Reuel E. Christensen 1968–1974
President A. Bent Peterson 1959–1968
President Lewis R. Anderson 1943–1959
President Robert D. Young 1933–1943
President Lewis Anderson 1906–1933
President John D. T. McAllister 1893–1906
President Anthon H. Lund 1891–1893
President Daniel H. Wells 1888–1891


The Manti Temple combines the Gothic Revival, French Renaissance Revival, French Second Empire, and Colonial architectural styles. The temple has 100,373 square feet (9,325.0 m2) of floor space, eight sealing rooms, four ordinance rooms, and a Celestial room. The exterior is made of fine-textured, cream-colored oolite limestone from quarries in the hill on which the temple now stands. The two towers of the temple are 179 feet (55 m) tall, and the open center spiral staircases inside the towers are marvels of pioneer ingenuity.







Spires and Moroni




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External links

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Additional Articles


  1. [1]Satterfield, Rick, “Manti Utah Temple”, Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,, retrieved 2012-10-11
  2. [2] Boyd K. Packer. The Holy Temple, p. 35
  3. [3] “The Manti Temple”, Ensign, March 1978
  4. [4]“May this delightful location be known as a holy hill of Zion, among Thy people”, Church News, Jan 1, 1950
  5. [5] Hart, John L. (May 7, 1988), “Manti Temple 100 years old, in mint condition for centennial”, Church News
  6. [6] “News of the Church”, Ensign, August 1985
  7. [7]Cause Thy Holy Spirit to enter and pervade all of its rooms and facilities”, Church News, 23 June 1985
  8. [8] “Two temples scheduled for exterior preservation”, Church News, June 24, 1995

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