Temple architecture

Church Releases Revised Version of California’s Yorba Linda Temple

A revised rendering of the Yorba Linda Temple in California has been released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The change was announced by the church’s First Presidency Friday in a news release.

A redesign of the Yorba Linda Temple was necessary due to licensing and zoning requirements. The temple’s new design focuses on the spire, which has been lowered and moved from the center of the building to just above the entrance.

A revised rendering of the Yorba Linda California Temple.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Some residents have raised concerns about the upcoming construction process over the past few months. The church has agreed to provide notice of its plans to a wider range of neighbors, for example, according to the Orange County Register.

“We want to make sure we’re good neighbors and try to facilitate a building that would fit into the architecture of our community, but also be very distinctive for an LDS building,” Art Francis, director of communications for the Church for Anaheim Local Coordinating Council, says in the article.

The church applied for a permit to build a steeple that would rise 99 feet. The Yorba Linda Planning Commission approved the project but capped the height of the steeple at 70ft at its May 11 meeting.

The overhaul comes eight days before Elder Mark A. Bragg, General Authority Seventy and president of the church’s North America West Area, will preside over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Yorba Linda Temple in California on Saturday, June 18.

The Yorba Linda California Temple was among 20 locations announced by President Russell M. Nelson during the April 2021 general conference.

The location of the Yorba Linda Temple was announced on July 15, 2021.

The original exterior rendering of the Yorba Linda Temple was released on September 17, 2021.

When completed, the Yorba Linda Temple will be one of nine temples in California. The seven operating temples include Fresno, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Oakland, Redlands, Sacramento, and San Diego.

According to the church newsroom, more than 750,000 Latter-day Saints attend more than 1,200 congregations in California.