Ticket reservations for the open house of the Jordan River Utah Temple will be available beginning Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at 10 a.m. MST. The open house will be held March 17 to April 28, 2018, and reservations can be made on LDS.org. Tours are free and open to the public.
The Jordan River Temple, one of four temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Salt Lake Valley, will officially reopen on May 22, 2018, for ordinance work, the First Presidency announced in July 2017. The re-dedication will occur on Sunday, May 20, and a cultural celebration will be held the day before. More information about the dedication sessions can be found on LDS.org.
The temple has been closed for extensive renovations since Feb. 15, 2016. The temple had been in operation since it was dedicated on Nov. 16, 1981, becoming the 20th operating temple worldwide.
First announced on Feb. 3, 1978, the Jordan River Utah Temple was designed to hold the largest capacity of any prior temple. It lived up to its purpose as it quickly became one of the busiest temples, though it was the seventh in Utah at the time and just 15 miles from the Salt Lake City Temple.
The temple was the first to rely entirely on monetary donations from local members for many years for construction and maintenance, according to a Deseret News article. Members from 122 stakes in the temple district raised $14.5 million.
The groundbreaking in 1979 was also special. Rather than traditionally using a shovel to turn the dirt, President Kimball unexpectedly climbed into a tractor and used the machine to pick up a large amount of earth, living up to his counsel to "lengthen the stride."
President Kimball later attended the dedication in a wheelchair as he was weak from three recent surgeries. President Marion G. Romney, who was then second counselor in the First Presidency, offered the dedicatory prayer.
Other leaders of the church have shared special experiences in the Jordan River Temple. President Thomas S. Monson performed the sealing ceremony for two members from the East German Democratic Republic in which he used an interpreter to communicate with them, he recalled in his book, “Faith Rewarded: A Personal Account of Prophetic Promises to the East German Saints.”Comment on this story
President Ezra Taft Benson was known to attend an endowment session every Friday morning, his "temple day," with his wife at the Jordan River Temple. On one such Friday, he was found in the temple rather than at the inauguration of new BYU President Rex E. Lee. S. Michael Wilcox, author and former Church Educational System instructor, attended the inauguration and “couldn’t help but be impressed with (the prophet's) decision” to consistently attend the temple, as he recounted in “House of Glory: Finding Personal Meaning in the Temple."