Monticello Utah

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Monticello Utah Temple Wiki


The Monticello Utah Temple is the 53rd operating temple and the 11th in Utah. The Monticello Utah Temple serves nearly 13,000 church members in Blanding, Moab, and Monticello, Utah areas and members from Durango, Colorado and Grand Junction, Colorado.



On 4 October 1997 during the Saturday morning session of the 167th Semiannual General Conference,President Gordon B. Hinckley announced the building of smaller Latter-day Saint temples throughout the world. President Hinckley offered heartfelt words preceding his April 1998 announcement:

“I have been with many who have very little of this world’s goods. … They make tremendous sacrifices to visit the temples. They travel for days at a time in cheap buses and on old boats. They save their money and do without to make it all possible. They need nearby temples — small, beautiful, serviceable temples.”[1]

Three small temples were announced at that time for Anchorage Alaska, The Mormon Colonies in Northern Mexico, and Monticello Utah. In conjunction with the announcement, traditionals ized temples were announced for Houston, Texas and Porto Alegre, Brazil, though the temple in Brazil would soon be changed to one of second generation small temples.[2]

These new smaller temples would feature only the rooms necessary for completion of the ordinances. The new small temples would initially have only one endowment room, one sealing room, a baptistery and changing rooms. There would be no plans for a laundry or clothing rental, so the members would be responsible for their own temple clothing.

Though three small temples had been announced, and though the idea for the new small size temples had come to President Hinckley on a trip to Colonia Juarez,[3] Church leaders wanted the temple at Monticello to be built first,as it would be more accessible to Church headquarters and therefore easier to test the concept.[4] By the time the Monticello Temple was finishing its open house, it had been determined that future small temples would have 2 Endowment rooms in a progressive fashion, and 2 sealing rooms.[5] Eventually the Monticello Temple would be remodeled to fit this larger floorplan.


Ground was Broken for the Monticello Utah Temple on 17 November 1997 by Ben B. Banks [6]


The Monticello Utah Temple was constructed in just eight months and nine days, the fastest construction time of all the operating Latter-day Saint temples. In its original state, it was the smallest temple in the Church with only 7,000 square feet.

Open House

An Open House was held for the Monticello Utah Temple On 16–18 July 1998 .[7][8]


The Monticello Utah Temple was the first of the small-scale temples to be completed. Less than one year after the announcement, the Monticello Utah Temple was dedicated on 26 July 1998.

President Hinckley stated in the dedicatory prayer of the temple,

Even in seasons of great poverty, they [the Mormon members] have struggled to erect these sacred houses [temples]. Now Thou hast made Thy will known and blessed us with the means to erect many more temples, smaller in size but complete in their necessary appointments. These will be convenient to Thy faithful Saints and will meet the needs of Thy growing church throughout the world.” [9]


Dedicatory Prayer

Dedication Order

The Monticello Utah Temple is the 53rd operating temple, the 11th in Utah, and the 28th temple in the United States. At the time of its dedication there were 14 other temples under construction and an additional 19 awaiting groundbreaking.

Under Construction Awaiting Groundbreaking Under Renovation
Anchorage Alaska Harrison New York
Colonia Juarez Mexico Accra Ghana
Madrid Spain Columbus Ohio
Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Halifax Nova Scotioa
Cochobamba Bolivia Ciudad Juarez Mexico
Reciefe Brazil Kona Hawaii
Boston Massachussetts Fukuoka Japan
Billings Montana Suva Fiji
Campinas Brazil Caracas Venezuela
Albuquerque New Mexico Tampico Mexico
Guayaquil Ecuador Nashville Tennessee
Porto Alegre Brazil Monterrey Mexico
Houston Texas St. Paul Minnesota
Bismarck North Dakota
Hermosillo Sonora Mexico
Brisbane Australia
Kyiv Ukraine
Regina Saskatchewan

Renovation and Expansion

The Monticello Utah Temple originally had one sealing room and one instruction room. The amount of temple attendance showed that the temple needed to be expanded, and the temple underwent a renovation, which resulted in another instruction room and sealing room being added to the temple. The refinished temple had 11,225 square feet.[10]

Open House

People in this remote Utah town, many of whom possibly never conceived the idea that Monticello could have a temple prior tot he 1997 announcement, were now given the opportunity to have a second public temple open house just 4 years after the first. After the renovation, another public open house took place from 2-9 November 2002.[11]


President Hinckley rededicated the temple in one session on 17 November 17 2002.[11]

Rededicatory Prayer

Rededication Order

At the time of the Monticello Utah Temple re-dedication, there were 117 temples in operation in the world.

There were 6 temples under construction when the temple was rededicated, and another 8 awaiting groundbreaking, as well as 2 undergoing renovation.

Under Construction Awaiting Groundbreaking Under Renovation
Aba Nigeria Helsinki Finland Sao Paulo Brazil
Accra Ghana Newport Beach California Apia Samoa
Redlands California Sacramento California
Manhattan New York San Antonio Texas
Brisbane Australia Curitiba Brazil
Copenhagen Denmark Panama City Panama
Harrison New York
Kyiv Ukraine



Temple President Years Served
President Thomas V. Livingston 2015–
President Richard D. Pincock 2012–2015
President Vaughn A. Johnson 2009–2012
President Donald V. Jack 2006–2009
President F. Cooper Jones 2003–2006
President Lisle G. Adams 1998–2003

Located at the base of the Abajo Mountains, the temple is Situated a few blocks west of US 191, the Monticello Utah Temple sits on 1.33 acres donated by Ernest and Paul Sonderegger. An adjacent Mormon meetinghouse shares a parking lot with the temple.


Originally 79 feet  wide by 108 feet long, the new expanded temple is 102 feet by 150 feet in size, though the height remains the same at 66 feet.


 The temple’s exterior is finished in a Turkish marble called Noah’s Crème. Thirteen thousand tiles used on the temple were evaluated carefully to make sure they blended with each other for a uniform effect.


The windows on the Monticello temple are stained glass panels, tall and narrow, typically in sets of 4. On the celestial room they are small square panels in a grid, each window separated by the stone temple of the exterior.



The Inscription on the Monticello Utah Temple is on the East face of the temple just south (left) of the front door.




The cornerstone of the Monticello temple is on the south east corner of the temple, facing east. It is engraved in stone, and the text is painted black.


Spires and Moroni


The spire of the Monticello Temple is a tall narrow construction, made of 2 stacked segments, the upper segment being about half the diameter of the second. The spire was placed over the center of the single endowment room of the temple, making it off-center from the middle of the temple to the North. With the expansion of the temple to the North Side, the spire now sits closer to the center point of the temple.


The first Angel Moroni Statue for this temple was placed on 14 May 1998.[12] Originally this temple had the first of a new Moroni Statue, white in color, and with a scroll in the left hand. This new statue was 5′ 10″ and was intended to be used on all the new small temples. The Statue was carved by LeVar Wallgren. It was found that this white statue was difficult to see, and it was removed on 25 May 1999 and replaced with a taller statue sculpted in 1985 by Karl Quilter. Other copies of the small statue have been placed on other temples, but the original white statue from the Monticello Temple is in storage at the Church History Museum. Both the original statue and the new statue face east.


The Monticello Utah Temple has a total floor area of 11,225 square feet (1,042.8 m2), two ordinance rooms, and two sealing rooms.

Individuals and Contractors

Architect Church Architectural and Engineering Services
Project Manager
Bob Dewey
Contractor Jacobsen Construction

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Additional Articles


  1. [1]Gordon B. Hinckley, “New Temples to Provide ‘Crowning Blessings’ of the Gospel,” Ensign, May 1998, 87–88.
  2. [2]“Five new temples are announced,” Church News, Oct. 11, 1997
  3. [3]van Orden, Dell, “Inspiration came for smaller temples on trip to Mexico”Church News, August 1, 1998
  4. [4]Van Orden, “Inspiration Came for Smaller Temples,” 3, 12.
  5. [5]Lloyd, R. Scott (July 18, 1998), “Monticello temple opens doors to public”Church News
  6. [6]“Ground Broken for the First of the Church’s New Small Temples,” Church News, November 1999
  7. [7]“Open house, dedication set for Monticello temple”Church News, May 16, 1998
  8. [8]Lloyd, R. Scott, “Monticello temple opens doors to public”, Church News, July 18, 1998
  9. [9]“President Hinckly Dedicates Monticello Temple,” Ensign, October 1998, p. 74
  10. [10]Hill, Greg (November 23, 2002), “Monticello temple expands to match faith of members”, Church News
  11. [11]“Monticello temple to open doors after expansion”, Church News, September 14, 2002
  12. [12]Boyle, Bill (May 23, 1998), “Statue of Angel Moroni placed on top of temple”Church News

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