SALT LAKE CITY— The Church announced today that the Payson Utah Temple groundbreaking will take place on 8 October 2011. Elder Dallin H. Oaks will preside at the 9 a.m. meeting. Other information about the groundbreaking will be released as it becomes available.

The property for the temple is located at approximately 930 West and 1550 South on the southwest side of Payson, a mile from the 800 South I-15 interchange. The new temple will help meet the needs of a growing Church membership in the area and will ease the heavy use of the Provo Temple, which is one of the busiest in the Church. The Payson Temple will bring to 15 the number of operating and announced temples in Utah.

The new temple will serve approximately 22 stakes from Spanish Fork to Nephi comprising approximately 78,000 Church members. Temple going members have been driving to Provo or Manti for temple services.