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Manti Utah Temple

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PHASE 3: TEMPLE OPEN FOR ALL LIVING ORDINANCES AND LIMITED PROXY ORDINANCES—Based on First Presidency direction, this temple has resumed limited operations. At this time, all living ordinances and limited proxy ordinances are being performed. All ordinances will be performed by appointment only and proxy ordinances may be limited to members residing in this designated temple district. For these ordinances, the temple will have reduced staff and the number of guests may be limited. To schedule an appointment, please click the appointment link below. If you are unable to use the online scheduling system, please contact the temple. Temples may only have limited clothing available, so patrons are encouraged to bring their own temple clothing. Patron housing and cafeteria services may be open but with limited services. All government guidelines will be observed, including regulations related to travel, gatherings, sanitization, and safety. Please contact the temple for more information and check this page regularly for updates.


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  • Saturday, 2 October 2021 - Wednesday, 18 October 2023
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  • 25 June 1875Announced
  • 25 April 1877Groundbreaking
  • 21 May 1888Dedicated — dedicatory prayer
  • 14 June 1985Rededicated — dedicatory prayer
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    Manti Utah Temple

    Manti Utah Temple. Photo credit: Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

    The Manti Utah Temple is the third operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    On June 25, 1875, the building of the Manti Temple was announced. It would become the third operating temple in the Utah area. The site for the temple was Manti Stone Quarry, a large hill in the area. It had been prophesied numerous times since the beginning of settlement in the area that this would be the site of the temple. When Brigham Young announced the building of the temple he also announced that the 27-acre plot would now be known as Temple Hill.

    The temple was completed in 1888 and a private dedication was held on May 17, 1888, with the dedicatory prayer given by Wilford Woodruff. Three public dedications were held on May 21-23, 1888, and were directed by Lorenzo Snow.

    Throughout the years, the temple underwent various re-modelings and renovations. There was once a tunnel that went under the east tower of the temple but it has now been closed off. A great stone stairway was started in 1907 that led to the doors of the temple. In 1935, the temple was fully lighted at night for the first time. In 1940 the stairs were removed and work began to beautify the grounds. Between 1944 and 1945 the annex, chapel, kitchen, Garden Room, and men’s and women’s areas were all remodeled.

    In 1981 it was decided that the interior of the temple needed to be extensively remodeled. Renovation took four years; murals were restored, original furniture was also restored, offices were enlarged and remodeled, a separate door was made to the baptistery, water and weather damage were repaired, an elevator was installed, and locker rooms were improved among many other projects. Rededication ceremonies were held on the 14-16 of June 1985 with Gordon B. Hinckley directing.

    William Harrison Folsom designed the Manti Temple. It combines the Gothic Revival, French Renaissance Revival, French Second Empire, and Colonial architectural styles. The temple has 100,373 square feet, eight sealing rooms four ordinance rooms and the exterior is made of fine-textured, cream colored oolite limestone from quarries on the hill the temple now stands on. The two towers of the temple are 179 feet tall, and the open center spiral staircases inside of the towers are a marvel of pioneer ingenuity.

    Until 2019, the Manti Temple became the backdrop for the Mormon Miracle Pageant each June. The pageant told stories from the Book of Mormon as well as portrayed events in Church history and from the life of Joseph Smith. Admission to the pageant was free and approximately 100,000 visitors viewed it each year.


    In his April 2019 General Conference closing remarks, President Russell M. Nelson announced the renovation of the Manti Temple at a future date. "The earliest ones stand as monuments to the faith and vision of our beloved pioneers. Each temple constructed by them resulted from their great personal sacrifice and effort. Each one stands as a stunning jewel in the crown of pioneer achievement.

    Ours is a sacred responsibility to care for them. Therefore, these pioneer temples will soon undergo a period of renewal and refreshing and, for some, a major restoration. Efforts will be made to preserve the unique historicity of each temple wherever possible, preserving the inspiring beauty and unique craftsmanship of generations long-since passed.[1]

    In a message from the First Presidency on March 12, 2021, further information was announced about the renovation of the Manti Temple:

    Beginning later this year, the Manti Temple will begin a multi-year renovation that will include mechanical updates and other changes to prepare the temple to serve for generations.
    Similar to the changes in the Salt Lake Temple, the progressive room-to-room presentation by live actors will transition to single-room presentations by film. The murals will also be photographed, documented, and removed. Some elements of the temple’s structure will be updated to accommodate these changes and improve accessibility for patrons. The historic staircases in the Manti Temple (and Salt Lake Temple) are being preserved during the renovations.
    With each of these temples, there is a desire to ensure that the learning and experience are similar for all who come to the temple from anywhere in the world. The same ordinances, covenants and authority are available in every temple, and will now be presented in the same way, and now in more than 80 languages.
    The historic pioneer-era temples have been a blessing to the Latter-day Saints for more than 140 years, and we know that with the updates and renovations now announced or underway they will continue to serve their sacred purpose for generations to come.[2]

    See Pioneer Temples.

    The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced on Friday, 12 March 2021, that the Church will end the practice of having ordinance workers make a live presentation of the endowment — a temple ceremony depicting the Creation, Fall, and Atonement of Jesus Christ — at Manti Utah Temple later this year. Afterward, endowment ceremonies in the Manti Temple will proceed with films, as is done in every other temple.

    The Manti Temple closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has resumed live-presentation endowments for living persons but is not yet available for proxy endowment ceremonies performed on behalf of deceased ancestors. According to the Deseret News, it appears possible those could resume before the renovation begins, as Utah’s COVID-19 case numbers are dropping and all adults in the state are eligible for vaccines beginning April 1.

    The First Presidency stated, "Beginning later this year, the Manti Temple will begin a multi-year renovation that will include mechanical updates and other changes to prepare the temple to serve for generations." No date has been given for the start of the renovation.

    Murals in the Manti Temple ordinance rooms also will be photographed, documented and removed to make way for single-room endowment presentations by film. The historic staircases in the temple, however, will be preserved.

    On Saturday, 1 May 2021, in a prerecorded message played at a press conference inside the Manti Tabernacle, President Russell M. Nelson announced that the Church has adjusted the renovation plans for the 133-year-old Manti Utah Temple. The project will still be, as detailed in March, a multi-year endeavor that includes mechanical upgrades, safety improvements and the implementation of filmed presentations of temple ceremonies to expand worship access in more than 90 languages. He also said that the renovation will begin in October 2021.

    He said, "As we have continued to seek the direction of the Lord on this matter, we have been impressed to modify our earlier plans for the Manti Utah Temple so that the pioneer craftsmanship, artwork and character will be preserved, including the painted murals loved by so many. We will leave those murals where they are located now — inside the Manti Utah Temple."

    Brent Roberts, Special Projects Department Managing Director, said the Manti Temple renovation will be a mix of preservation, restoration and installation of new equipment.

    Bishop W. Christopher Waddell said the Manti house of the Lord is a "jewel of a temple." Latter-day Saints "owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to determined pioneers who settled in this area and who had to battle rattlesnakes for possession of this valley," he said. "During the construction of this sacred edifice [in the 1870s and 1880s], some workmen walked the seven miles from Ephraim each Monday morning and back home again Saturday night. In addition to being self-sacrificing, their service was of the highest quality. The work that will now be done will not only honor the Lord but will honor our pioneer forbears whose sacrifice and talent will continue to be on display for generations to come as members of the Church worship in this sacred house of the Lord."

    Elder Kevin R. Duncan, Temple Department Executive Director, said that during the construction of the temples in Ephraim and Manti, volunteers will be invited to serve in either the Cedar City or Payson Utah Temples as needed.

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    14–16 June 1985 by Gordon B. HinckleyFine-textured, cream-colored oolite limestone obtained from quarries in the hill upon which it standsFour instruction rooms (four-stage progressive), eight sealing rooms, and one baptistry

    Temple Renovation

    On May 1, 2021, a press conference was held at the Manti Tabernacle where a prerecorded message by President Russell M. Nelson was presented, announcing that modifications had been made to the renovation plans for the Manti Utah Temple. The multi-year renovation, originally announced on March 12, is expected to begin in October 2021.1 Highlights of the project include the following:

    • Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems will be evaluated and renewed or replaced.
    • Water infiltration into the temple will be addressed primarily along the east wall and footing.
    • Audiovisual equipment will be installed for film presentations in the instruction rooms. The instruction room murals will remain and undergo cleaning and restoration.
    • The historic spiral staircases will also remain.

    Temple Locale

    Perched atop a rising knoll, known as "Temple Hill," the magnificent Manti Utah Temple dominates the Sanpete Valley of Central Utah. Located just off Highway 89, approaching travelers can glimpse the distinctive towers from miles and miles away. Across the highway from the temple is the Pioneer Heritage Center and Gardens—a 2.5-acre park featuring a reflecting pool for the temple, meandering walkways with park benches, an amphitheater, finely crafted statues, and beautiful landscaping.

    Temple Facts

    The Manti Utah Temple was the third temple built in Utah.

    The Manti Utah Temple was the only temple dedicated by President Lorenzo Snow.

    The Manti Utah Temple was originally named the Manti Temple.

    The Manti Utah Temple was built on a rattlesnake-infested site, known as the Manti Stone Quarry. Once Brigham Young designated the site for a temple, it became known as Temple Hill. The quarry's stone, Manti oolite, is the same cream-colored stone used for the temple exterior.

    Twin self-supporting, open-centered spiral staircases wind five stories up each of the octagonal towers on the west side of the Manti Utah Temple. No joints can be felt in the walnut hand railings due to the expert skills employed. The dramatic stairways are considered an engineering marvel of the pioneer Latter-day Saints.

    A large arching tunnel under the east tower of the Manti Utah Temple, which has since been closed, allowed cars to pass from one side of the temple to the other.

    The groundbreaking ceremony for the Manti Utah Temple was held a month before the groundbreaking ceremony for the Logan Utah Temple, marking the first time that two groundbreaking ceremonies were held in the same year. The two buildings share a similar castellated appearance.

    Lightning struck the east tower of the Manti Utah Temple in 1928, which started a fire that burned for three hours before it could be extinguished.

    Murals in the Manti Utah Temple were repainted in the 1940s when the deterioration of wall plaster meant the garden and world room murals by Danquart Weggeland and C.C.A. Christensen could not be saved. Robert L. Shepherd painted the Garden Room, and Minerva Teichert painted the World Room with scenes depicting Biblical stories of the Tower of Babel, Abraham, Joseph in Egypt, Moses, and Esau; worldwide expansion of the Pilgrims, oriental traders, European crusaders, and Christopher Columbus; and the North American continent with a Native American, fur trapper, pilgrim, and city of Zion.

    In 1985, the Manti Utah Temple was formally rededicated following a four-year renovation project that included updating the auxiliary systems; adding three sealing rooms, new dressing rooms, a nursery, and offices; restoring the pioneer craftsmanship and artwork to their former glory; and extensively renovating the baptistry including the addition of an exterior entrance. Apartments for temple workers were also constructed during the renovation. The three-day open house was attended by 40,308 visitors.

    In 2019, the annual Mormon Miracle Pageant was held on the grounds of the Manti Utah Temple for the last time, following a 53-year run.

    Manti Utah Temple

    ‘Leaders listened’ — Treasured murals will stay in Manti Temple; Ephraim will get an LDS temple, too

    Manti • The historic murals in the 133-year-old Manti Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will remain inside the pioneer-era edifice, a change from plans announced earlier.

    Instead, the Utah-based faith will build a new temple seven miles away, in Ephraim, the church announced in a special broadcast Saturday, to serve the 61,000 Latter-day Saints — including students at Snow College — in the central Utah district.

    “As we have continued to seek the direction of the Lord on this matter,” President Russell M. Nelson said in a prerecorded message, “we have been impressed to modify our earlier plans for the Manti Utah Temple so that the pioneer craftsmanship, artwork and character will be preserved, including the painted murals loved by so many. We will leave those murals where they are located now — inside the Manti Utah Temple.”

    (Michael Stack | Special to The Tribune) President Russell M. Nelson announces plans in a prerecorded message broadcast at the Manti Tabernacle for Manti Temple renovations and a new temple in nearby Ephraim.

    The Manti Temple will close for a multiyear renovation Oct. 1, Nelson said, for mechanical upgrades, safety improvements and the implementation of filmed presentations — joining the historic 19th-century Salt Lake and St. George temples, which also are undergoing renovation.

    The “live ceremony” will be eliminated in all of the faith’s 252 temples built or announced (Ephraim’s will be the 27th in Utah) and replaced with a filmed version.

    In response to a question, church officials in Manti assured attendees that no walls would come down and that participants in the “endowment” rite would still move from room to room in a symbolic-rich reenactment of the creation, Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden, and humankind’s mortal journey and ultimate return to God’s presence.

    “What we have just heard from our loving prophet is the mind and the will and the direction of the Lord Jesus Christ,” apostle Ronald A. Rasband said during an in-person meeting in the Manti Tabernacle. “This is a great announcement for the whole Kingdom of God on earth.”

    The apostle added that he had “a deep impression that there is rejoicing in this temple district and on the other side of the veil among our ancestors.”

    In an interview, Rasband called the move a divine “revelation” and said that protests, petitions and phone calls — even a march in downtown Provo — opposing the art removal played no role in the decision to retain them.

    The reversal was prompted, he said, “by the prayers of the people in this part of Utah.”

    (Michael Stack | Special to The Tribune) Apostle Ronald A. Rasband discusses the decision to retain treasured murals in this Manti Temple on May 1, 2021, at a news conference in the Manti Tabernacle.

    “Oh my gosh; this is huge,” an emotional Jody England Hansen said on hearing the news about Manti. “I am thrilled.”

    Every prayer, every letter, every call “is worth it to communicate what is important to all of us,” she said. “I am grateful for all of it.”

    And glad, Hansen said, that “the leaders listened.”

    Hansen, who was a temple worker at the Salt Lake Temple before it closed, has relished “seeing so many artists speak up to try to help people understand the connection between spirituality and great art.”

    On March 12, the church announced that the historic murals in the iconic Salt Lake Temple — some that were painted by Mormon artists sent to study in Paris in the 1890s — have been removed during the ongoing renovation and will not be returned.

    There will be no such reversal in Salt Lake, said Brent Roberts, managing director of the special projects department. “That decision has already been made.”

    (Michael Stack | Special to The Tribune) The Manti Temple, shown May 1, 2021, will close in October to undergo renovation.

    Until Saturday, the same extraction was planned for the Manti Temple, which houses one of Mormonism’s artistic gems — a “world room” mural painted by the famed Minerva Teichert, who studied at the Chicago Art Institute in the early 20th century.

    Twelve days after the initial announcement — and on the heels of repeated pleas from preservationists and rank-and-file Latter-day Saints arguing passionately against destroying the hand-painted murals inside the historic Manti Temple, church leaders said in a statement they would try “to separate the canvas or portions of the canvas from the plaster and preserve the murals for future restoration and display in a public setting.”

    Saturday’s move makes such a separation unnecessary.

    Teichert’s murals “are a masterpiece and a crowning accomplishment of her career. They are arguably the single greatest artistic achievement by an LDS woman,” Margaret Tarkington wrote in late March on the By Common Consent blog. “No amount of photographing can replace actually experiencing Teichert’s murals, which are vast in conception, scope, vision, and size (the room is 28 feet tall, 50 feet long, and 25 feet wide). The murals cover nearly 4,000 square feet.”

    The ambitious painter “portrayed the pageant of human history in a fallen world” on sides of the giant hall, Tarkington, a law professor at Indiana University, wrote, “culminating in the gathering of the early Latter-day Saints to the North American continent and their efforts to build Zion, portrayed on the front wall.”

    Roberts is excited for outsiders to see Manti’s interiors when the temple is open to the public after renovation, he said in an interview, adding that he expects them to be impressed by the “heartfelt” work of pioneers.

    Manti Mayor Korry Soper said he was happy to accept whatever the church decided regarding the murals, adding that the main purpose of a Latter-day Saint temple is for temple work.

    He said the city feels humbled and blessed that there will be a new temple in the Sanpete Valley.

    Soper said he hopes the renovations, including landscaping and increased accessibility for older people and those with disabilities, will take place at the Manti Temple. He noted there are a lot of stairs in the current building that can be difficult for some members to navigate.

    Meanwhile, the announced Ephraim Temple will be similar in size to the 36,000-square-foot Brigham City Temple, said Kevin R. Duncan, temple department executive director. It will have four 30-seat endowment rooms, three sealing rooms and one baptismal font, where members carry out proxy baptisms for deceased ancestors. This will allow the temple to provide endowment sessions with film presentations every 30 minutes.

    Nelson now has announced 70 new temples since taking the faith’s reins more than three years ago. Utah has 15 operating temples — though at reduced capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic — with two undergoing renovation. Another 10, counting Ephraim, are in the works.

    Once the Ephraim Temple is designed and permits are obtained, it will take about two years to build, according to W. Christopher Waddell of the Presiding Bishopric, which oversees the faith’s real estate, financial, investment and charitable operations.

    Ephraim Mayor John Scott wrote in an email that the announcement of the new temple was “thrilling” for residents.

    “We are ready and prepared to cooperate and help in any way with the building of this structure that will serve and bless the lives of so many people in our city, our neighboring communities and the students at Snow College,” Scott said. “We are humbled by the fact that the church and its leadership are sensitive to the desires of many people in the Manti Temple district who had an earnest desire to see special murals preserved in the Manti Temple along with Manti’s distinct pioneer heritage motifs. Also, we are humbled by the fact that Ephraim is being set apart as a temple community. Our pioneer forebears would have been thrilled to see a temple here in Ephraim.”

    Sheri Dew, executive vice president of Deseret Management Corp. and CEO of Deseret Book Co., said Saturday that growing up on a farm in Kansas she could relate to the “diligence” of the Mormon pioneers who built the Manti Temple.

    These “unsung heroes” from the past — as well as from today — were “doing great things,” Dew told The Salt Lake Tribune. “This is the Lord’s acknowledgment of their goodness.”

    — Tribune reporter Sara Tabin contributed to this story.

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    Manti temple inside

    Note: This is one of a series of posts on the interiors and floor plans of historic temples:
    1. St. George Temple (1877)
    2. Logan Temple (1884)
    3. Manti Temple (1888)
    4. Salt Lake Temple (1893)
    5. Laie Temple (1919)
    6. Cardston Temple (1923)
    7. Mesa Temple (1927)
    8. Idaho Falls Temple (1945)

    The Manti Temple is probably the best-preserved example of pioneer architecture. Dedicated in 1888 and located in rural Sanpete Valley, it has remained relatively untouched from modern renovations. (Update: The 2021 renovation seems it will be much less sensitive, and could endanger many of the beautiful architectural elements of the temple. See how you can help here.)

    Here is the basic floor plan of the temple, as found in Thomas Carter's Building Zion. This floor plan is based on how the temple was originally built. It is basically unchanged, except that the "Unknown Use" on the second floor is sealing rooms (and likely originally was), and the passage on the main floor now holds locker rooms.

    You'll notice that, like the original Logan Temple, the Manti Temple's endowment rooms begin on the first floor and end on the second, meaning that the Garden and World rooms are kind of "in-between floors," something you can't notice from the outside. But first, you come in through the annex.

    The annex hallway was constructed in a renovation during the 1900s, replacing the original annex. Still, I think it was done perfectly. It matches the actual temple's architectural qualities very well--in its doors, door knobs and hinges, moldings, and other characteristics.

    C.C.A. Christensen (the same artist who painted the creation room mural) painted two murals of the temple hill in 1889. One of them shows the temple hill how it looked when pioneers first arrived in the Sanpete Valley. This one is located at the second stairway, where patrons go up or down for the locker rooms:

    The other shows the temple completed. This one is located in the lobby. It turns out that when they found this painting, green had been crudely painted over the temple hill to make it look like the grassy knoll what the temple actually sits on. When preservationists removed the green, they were able to uncover the grant stairway leading to the temple, which was in the original plans. Directly beneath the mural is the old sacrament table that used to stand in the Logan Temple's assembly hall.

    The chapel that patrons sit in while waiting for a session to begin is also in the annex. It has a beautiful, large painting of Christ with children at the front, painted by John Hafen in 1906. The annex also has other interesting artwork on its walls--a Nauvoo-era temple apron belonging to Isaac Morley just past the recommend desk, a sketch of John Taylor by John Hafen in the men's locker room, a portrait of a contemporary Church leader by Dan Weggeland, also in the men's locker room...there is some beautiful artwork.

    At the end of the annex hallway is the entrance into the temple proper. Going to the right leads to sealing rooms, the spiral staircases, and the baptistry. The baptistry has some wonderful murals, done by Robert L. Shepherd in 1948, when he was also painting the Garden Room.

    Patrons attending an endowment session, as they enter the temple proper, immediately turn left to enter the creation room.

    The creation room is the oldest surviving mural present in an LDS temple (the St. George temple murals came in the 1930s, the Logan Temple was gutted, the Garden and World room murals in Manti had to be redone in the 1940s, and the Salt Lake Temple came 5 years after Manti). This mural was painted by C.C.A. Christensen. In the early 1980s, conservationists noticed that this mural was in the worst shape of the three, and took measures to preserve it.

    The book C.C.A. Christensen: Mormon Immigrant Artist provides some detailed pictures of this beautiful mural.

    At the front of the room, on the left side, begins the creation story--the formation of the earth.

    As you progress clock-wise around the room, each day of the creation is told in the mural. Here is the second day; the separation of the seas from the waters. The third day (the creation of heavenly bodies) is visible in the wide shot of the room above, just left of the door. The portion of the third day has been heavily painted over by later artists in attempts to restore the original.

    On the right side of the door is the fourth day; the creation of plants. (The line down this photo is in the original book; I believe this is where the walls come together in a corner.) Christensen used hollyhocks (common in Utah and his home country, Denmark) in the foreground; in the back are lombardy poplars (a common tree planted by pioneers in Utah).

    Finally, the back of the room and the left (east) side shows the creation of animals. This begins with some depictions of Jurassic-era creatures and ferns. I love that Christensen included these drawings. For an interesting look at the context of these creatures, see this article.

    Finishing up the west wall is the creation of the fowls, non-domestic animals, domestic animals, and water creatures.

    From the creation room, patrons proceed up a small staircase to the garden room. Here, it is seen from the front--so the door you see in this photo is the one patrons come through.

    Here's a view of the front of the room:

    As mentioned previously, the garden room mural had to be redone in the 1940s. This side of the temple is built into the hill, and apparently the mural suffered some severe water damage. All we have left is a sketch C.C.A. Christensen left of what appears to be the original garden room mural for the Manti Temple:

    From the garden room, patrons head up that staircase on the right into the world room. This mural were added in 1947 by Minerva Teichert. I have absolutely no information on the original world room mural, other than it was probably done by Dan Weggeland. Apparently, water damage also necessitated this mural having to be redone.

    This tremendous mural shows the history of the world. I have a separate post just on this mural, including more pictures, here. To give a summary: the back wall shows the tower of Babel under construction. The north wall (the one visible on the right half of this photo) generally follows the history of the gentiles; one can see crusaders, monarchs, explorers, and the poor and destitute (the silhouettes near the bottom). Along the south wall (not pictured) is the history of Israel, with paintings of Abraham, Joseph (and his coat of many colors), Moses, and Pilgrims. Both of these histories meet at the east wall (left half of the photo), on the American Continent, where a Native American figure stands at the center. Above him and the tops of the trees is a picturesque mountain valley, complete with a small city and a temple. The city represents Zion, not any place in particular, but it looks a lot like Manti (especially the temple).


    From this room, patrons enter the doorway on the right of the Native American and enter the terrestrial room.

    The terrestrial room of this temple is one of my favorites. The benches here have small flowers carved into the sides. The details in the ceiling and moldings are particularly beautiful.

    Last is the Celestial Room:

    This sealing room is connected to the south side of the Celestial Room. It is definitely one of the most ornate sealing rooms in the Church (that I know of, anyway).

    One of the most stunning parts of the temple are the two wooden spiral staircases in the west towers. 


    I've included the description included in the Manti Temple Centennial book, which is similar to the one that temple workers read to you upon showing you the stairs:

    "There are only three stairways in the United States constructed with no central support and of a large size. Two are in the Manti Temple, and the other is located in the Octagon, headquarters for the American Institute of Architects, in Washington D.C.

    "Each staircase in the Temple contains 151 steps each supporting the other and wide enough for four men to walk abreast. Each staircase also contains 204 intricately fashioned spindles. The black walnut railings, where the joints cannot be felt, are the work of superb 19th-century craftsmen. The 6 June 1985 Manti Messenger quotes Mr. Emil Fetzer, Church Architect, as saying, "It would be difficult to match the workmanship today, even with the improved tools available." The black walnut used in the railings were imported from the East. 

    "The staircase on the north circles clockwise--the one on the south circles counterclockwise. Each staircase makes six complete circles and rises vertically 76 feet, 2 3/4 inches." (The Manti Temple Centennial, 1888-1988; 104.)

    The staircases are still used regularly. The north staircase provides access to the world room, which is used by temple workers participating in the endowment ceremony. There are sealing rooms in the east tower that are also only accessible via the spiral staircases. They are used for living sealings--but from what the temple workers have told me, they are very small and can't hold very many guests. I believe this picture is one of them.

    Finally, the staircases provide access to the priesthood assembly room on the top floor of the temple. That room is used at least once annually for a temple worker devotional, and they exit using the stairs.


    Like other assembly halls, there are two sets of pulpits: one on the west end and one on the east end, representing the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood, respectively.

    All-in-all, I love visiting the Manti Temple, and consider it well worth the drive. If you are visiting this temple, I would recommend doing a session, and asking to see the spiral staircases afterward (you can ask a temple worker in the annex hallway). It is a wonderful place.

    At a Glance: Church Leaders Comment on Temples in Manti and Ephraim, Utah

    Manti Utah Temple

    Manti Utah Temple
    Closed for renovation
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    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 website • News & 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] On May 1, 2021, Russell M. Nelson announced that the temple would close for renovation on October 1, 2021.[2]

    Coordinates: 39°16′22.46159″N111°38′1.535999″W / 39.2729059972°N 111.63375999972°W / 39.2729059972; -111.63375999972

    United States historic place

    The Manti Utah Temple (formerly the Manti Temple) is the fifth constructed temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Located in the city of Manti, Utah, it was the third Latter-day Saint 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 Latter-day Saint temples, only church members in good standing may enter. It is one of only two remaining Latter-day Saint 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.[4][5] It is an early pioneering example of four rooms representing the journey of life.[6]


    Brigham Young announced the decision to build a 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."[7]

    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."[7]

    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.[8]

    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.[9]


    Detail of the north wall of the Garden Room as painted by Minerva Teichert.[10]A window can be seen as a suggestion of scale.

    The temple includes murals by important Latter-day Saint artists, including C. C. A. Christensen (Creation Room, 1886–87), Minerva Teichert (World Room, 1947, assisted by Frank Stevens[10]), Robert L. Shepherd (Garden Room, 1946) John Hafen, J. B. Fairbanks, and Dan Weggeland.[11][12][13][10] Some of the original murals, having been damaged and unable to be saved, had sail canvas placed over them in order for new murals to be painted. For instance, Weggeland's Garden Room mural still exists underneath Shepherd's.[10]

    The temple is also filled with other paintings. The mix of paintings has changed over time, but among the painting originally intended for the building include two by Christensen, one depicting the hill upon which the temple would later sit with a Native American encampment in the foreground, the other depicting the temple itself and its landscaped grounds.[14]


    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.[15] 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.[15] 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.[16][17] Exterior preservation efforts have also occurred since that time.[18]

    Removal of murals[edit]

    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][5] 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][19]

    On May 1, Russell M. Nelson announced that upon reconsideration that, although the temple would be updated to use film, care would be taken to preserve the temple's interior, including its art. To increase temple capacity for the area, an additional temple will be built in Ephraim, Utah.[20][21][22]


    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.


    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). Douglas M. Dyreng has been the temple president since 2018.[citation needed]

    See also[edit]


    1. ^Satterfield, Rick, "Manti Utah Temple", Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,, retrieved October 11, 2012
    2. ^Weaver, Sarah Jane, "President Nelson announces plans to preserve pioneer craftsmanship of Manti Utah Temple, construct a new temple in nearby Ephraim", Church News, Deseret News, retrieved May 1, 2021
    3. ^"National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
    4. ^Satterfield, Rick, "Manti Utah Temple", Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,, retrieved October 11, 2012
    5. ^ abOpenshaw, Geoff, "Salt Lake and Manti Temples to End Live Sessions, Have Historic Murals Removed Permanently", This Week in Mormons,, retrieved March 25, 2021
    6. ^Boyd K. Packer. The Holy Temple, p. 35
    7. ^ ab"The Manti Temple", Ensign, March 1978
    8. ^"May this delightful location be known as a holy hill of Zion, among Thy people", Church News, January 1, 1950
    9. ^Green, Doyle L. (January 1972), "Two Temples to Be Dedicated", Ensign
    10. ^ abcd"Minerva Teichert’s Manti Temple Murals" by Doris R. Dant. BYU Studies. PDF of original print publication.. Accessed April 16, 2021.
    11. ^"Things I Did Not Know: Dinosaurs in the Manti Temple (Edit: New Images, ht Mina)" by Edje Jeter, Juvenile Instructor. August 4, 2013. Accessed April 13, 2021.
    12. ^"Manti- Nephite Temple" by Rian Nilsen. BOFM.BLOG. December 10, 2019. Accessed April 13, 2021.
    13. ^"The Manti Temple." Ensign. March 1978. Accessed April 13, 2021.
    14. ^"Carl Christian Anton Christensen," Saga of the Sanpitch, Snow College. Accessed April 13, 2021.
    15. ^ abHart, John L. (May 7, 1988), "Manti Temple 100 years old, in mint condition for centennial", Church News
    16. ^"News of the Church / Manti Temple Rededicated", Ensign, August 1985
    17. ^"Cause Thy Holy Spirit to enter and pervade all of its rooms and facilities", Church News, June 23, 1985
    18. ^"Two temples scheduled for exterior preservation", Church News, June 24, 1995
    19. ^Openshaw, Geoff, "Church Will Now Try to Preserve Manti Temple Murals", This Week in Mormons,, retrieved March 25, 2021
    20. ^"President Nelson Announces a New Temple Will Be Built in Ephraim, Utah." Church Newsroom. May 1, 2021. Accessed May 1. 2021.
    21. ^"Breaking: Treasured Manti Temple murals won’t be destroyed; Ephraim Temple will be built " by Peggy Fletcher Stack. Salt Lake Tribune via MSN News. May 1, 2021. Accessed May 1, 2021.
    22. ^"[announces LDS church announces temple to be built in Ephraim; Manti Temple renovation plans altered ]" by Genelle Pugmire. Daily Herald. May 1, 2021. Accessed May 1, 2021.

    Further reading[edit]

    • Bendixen, Nani (2009), "The Construction of the Manti Temple", BYU Religious Education 2009 Student Symposium, Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, pp. 135–147
    • Dant, Doris R. (1999), "Minerva Teichert's Manti Temple Murals", BYU Studies, 38 (3): 6–44
    • Hargis, Barabra (1968). A folk history of the Manti Temple (M.A. thesis). Department of English, Brigham Young University.
    • Rasmussen, Victor J. (1988), The Manti Temple, Manti, Utah: Manti Temple Centennial Committee, OCLC 18171497
    • Stubbs, Glen R. (1988) [1976], Temple on a Hill: a History of the Manti Temple (4th (Centennial) ed.), Rexburg, Idaho: Ricks College Press, OCLC 24263168
    • Stubbs, Glen R. (1960). A History of the Manti Temple (M.S. thesis). Department of History, Brigham Young University.

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