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Manti Utah Temple

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Manti Utah Temple
Manti Utah Temple.jpg
Number 3 edit data
Dedicated May 21, 1888 (May 21, 1888) by
Lorenzo Snow
Site 27 acres (10.9 hectares)
Floor area 100,373 sq ft (9,325 m2)
Height 179 ft (55 m)
Preceded by Logan Utah Temple
Followed by Salt Lake Temple
Official websiteNews & images
Additional information
Announced June 25, 1875
Groundbreaking April 25, 1877 by
Brigham Young
Open House June 6–8, 1985 (after renovations)
Rededicated June 14, 1985 by
Gordon B. Hinckley
Designed by William H. Folsom
Location Temple Hill
Manti, Utah
United States
Exterior finish Cream-colored oolite limestone
Temple design Castellated Gothic
Ordinance rooms 4 (live acting, four-stage progressive sessions)
Sealing rooms 8
Clothing rental Available
Cafeteria Available
Visitors' center Not available
Notes Wilford Woodruff performed a private dedication on May 17, 1888.[1]

Manti Temple
LocationN edge of Manti, on U.S. 89, Manti, Utah
Coordinates39°16′23″N 111°37′59″W / 39.27306°N 111.63306°W / 39.27306; -111.63306
Area4.3 acres (1.7 ha)
ArchitectWilliam H. Folsom
Architectural styleGothic Revival, French Renaissance Revival, Second French Empire, Colonial architectural
NRHP reference No.71000854[2]
Added to NRHPAugust 12, 1971

The Manti Utah Temple (formerly the Manti Temple) is the fifth constructed temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Located in the city of Manti, Utah, it was the third LDS temple built west of the Mississippi River, after the Mormons' trek westward. (The St. George 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. The temple dominates the Sanpete Valley, and can be seen from many miles. Like all LDS temples, only church members in good standing may enter. 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, a practice that will end following renovations announced in 2021.[3][4] It is an early pioneering example of four rooms representing the journey of life.[5]


Brigham Young announced the decision to build an LDS temple in Manti on June 25, 1875, and dedicated the site on April 25, 1877. On the day of the dedication, Young took Warren S. Snow to the southeast corner of the temple site and told him, "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."[6]

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 these structures. 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. When Young announced the building of the temple, he also announced that the 27-acre (110,000 m2) plot would then be known as "Temple Hill."[6]

Manti Temple dedication admission, signed by Wilford Woodruff
Manti Temple dedication admission, signed by Wilford Woodruff

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 held on May 21–23, 1888, and were directed by Lorenzo Snow.[7]

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.

A 1966 study found that 52 percent of temple work was being done in either the Salt Lake, Logan, or Manti temples, even though there were 13 operating temples by that time. This led to the building of the Ogden and Provo temples to relieve the strain on the older pioneer-era temples.[8]


The Manti Temple has undergone various remodeling and renovations. Construction of a great stone stairway leading up the hill to the west temple doors began in 1907.[9] In 1935, the temple was fully lit at night for the first time.[citation needed] In 1940 the stone stairs were removed and work began to beautify the grounds.[9] Between 1944 and 1945 the annex, chapel, kitchen, Garden Room, and men's and women's areas were remodeled. There was once a tunnel beneath the east tower of the temple through which wagons and cars could pass, but it was closed off in the 1960s.

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 installed, and locker rooms were improved among many other projects. In June 1985, Gordon B. Hinckley directed the rededication ceremonies.[10][11] Exterior preservation efforts have also occurred since that time.[12]

Removal of murals

In March 2021, the First Presidency announced significant renovations for the Manti and Salt Lake temples, including ending the live endowment. The decision to end live endowments was rooted in the need for the temples to offer more sessions throughout the day and in different languages; live endowment sessions were only available in English in either temple. To accommodate these changes, it was announced the interiors of the temples would be reconfigured for single-room, multimedia-based endowment sessions as done in other temples, which would also involve the removal of historic artwork in the temples, including Minerva Teichert's murals in the Manti temple.[citation needed][4] A week following the initial announcement, the church issued an updated statement on the plans for the Manti Temple, stating it would consult with art preservationists about the best way to remove part or all of the Teichert murals, which are canvas affixed to plaster, and preserve them for public display.[citation needed][13]


The Manti Temple combines the Gothic Revival, French Renaissance Revival, Second French Empire, and Colonial architectural styles. The temple has 100,373 square feet (9,325 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.

Temple presidents

Notable temple presidents have included: Daniel H. Wells (1888–91); Anthon H. Lund (1891–93); John D. T. McAllister (1893–1906); Robert D. Young (1933–43); Jack H. Goaslind Jr. (2000–03); and Ed J. Pinegar (2009–12).[14] The current temple president is Lon B. Nally (2015–).[15][14]

See also


  1. ^ Satterfield, Rick, "Manti Utah Temple", Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,, retrieved October 11, 2012
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  3. ^ Satterfield, Rick, "Manti Utah Temple", Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,, retrieved October 11, 2012
  4. ^ a b Openshaw, Geoff, "Salt Lake and Manti Temples to End Live Sessions, Have Historic Murals Removed Permanently", This Week in Mormons,, retrieved March 25, 2021
  5. ^ Boyd K. Packer. The Holy Temple, p. 35
  6. ^ a b "The Manti Temple", Ensign, March 1978
  7. ^ "May this delightful location be known as a holy hill of Zion, among Thy people", Church News, January 1, 1950
  8. ^ Green, Doyle L. (January 1972), "Two Temples to Be Dedicated", Ensign
  9. ^ a b Hart, John L. (May 7, 1988), "Manti Temple 100 years old, in mint condition for centennial", Church News
  10. ^ "News of the Church / Manti Temple Rededicated", Ensign, August 1985
  11. ^ "Cause Thy Holy Spirit to enter and pervade all of its rooms and facilities", Church News, June 23, 1985
  12. ^ "Two temples scheduled for exterior preservation", Church News, June 24, 1995
  13. ^ Openshaw, Geoff, "Church Will Now Try to Preserve Manti Temple Murals", This Week in Mormons,, retrieved March 25, 2021
  14. ^ a b "Manti Utah Temple: Presidents",, accessed July 5, 2016.
  15. ^ "New temple presidents", Church News, May 2, 2015

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