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Ground was broken for the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple on Saturday morning, December 16, 2006, by President Gordon B. Hinckley in a service attended by hundreds of faithful members. The new temple is scheduled to open its doors for public tours on June 1, 2009. The free open house requires reservations and will run through August 1, 2009. Twelve dedicatory sessions are planned from August 14th through 16th, 2009. Local priesthood leaders will distribute tickets for the dedication. The temple will open for ordinance work on August 17, 2009. The temple is the 130th operating temple in the world and the 13th in Utah.
The temple is a 60,000 square-foot edifice situated on a 12-acre plot in southwest Salt Lake Valley. Oquirrh (pronounced "oh-ker") is a Goshute Indian word meaning "shining mountains," a fitting allusion to a temple, which is also known as the "Mountain of the Lord."