Institute of Religion

Cedar City Institute
Cedar City Institute

The LDS Institute of Religion provides weekday religious instruction for young adults (ages 18-30) . It is the home of three university stakes. It is across the street from the campus of Southern Utah University.

Classes taught include: Atonement, Repentance and Forgiveness, Book of Mormon, Building an Eternal Marriage, Doctrine and Covenants, Missionary Preparation, New Testament, Old Testament, Latter-day Saint History, Teachings of the Living Prophets, The Gospel and the Productive Live and The Restored Gospel and Christianity.

Faculty include: Dennis P Barrett, Shane T Bringhurst, Debra J Cox, Dave Thomas Giles, Alan G Gudmundson, Carolyn Higbee, Tom Higbee, Ryan R Huff, Craig Isom, Debra Johnson, James Johnson, Terry V Jolley, Lloyd M LeFevre, Kim M Peterson, Allan D Rau, Thomas E Reynolds and Brent J Staples

Former faculty include: Merv Adair, Bulloch, Cloward, Brent Esplin, Graf, David Grant, Ralph McAfee

650 West Center Street

Social Hall

Cedar City Social Hall
Cedar City Social Hall

On January 6, 1861, a committee was appointed, composed of Samuel Leigh, John M. Higbee and Isaac C. Haight, who recommeded building a social hall. With materials scarce and labor plentiful, the schoolhouse in the Old Fort was dismantled, brick by brick, and reassembled in the new location (Block 37 Lot 18) to become known as the “Social Hall.” This one-story building had four windows on each side, a fireplace in the west end, and a door in the east end. The Social Hall was used for church, school, dances, dramatics, funerals, civic and social needs. School functions were transferred from the Social Hall in 1881 when the new school building was finished on the southeast corner of the block. The tabernacle was completed in 1888 for religious purposes, but the Social Hall continued to serve for recreation and other needs until the ward hall was built north of the school building in 1897. At this time the Social Hall was considered unsafe for public use and was torn down.

Cedar City Tabernacle

The Cedar City Tabernacle was located on the corner of main street and center street (where the city offices are located today) and was erected in 1885. It was demolished in the spring of 1932 to make way for a post office. The Rock Church replaced the tabernacle. The $29,000 from the sale of the tabernacle went toward construction of the Rock Church, which ended up costing $87,000 (paid through donations and funds from church headquarters). The Rock Church also is home to the old tabernacle’s clock (bought from a Swiss maker with money collected by LDS primary children). The clock still keeps time in the church’s spire.

Next to the Rock Church is a sign with these words:

A tabernacle was erected in 1885 on the adjoining corner of Main and Center Street and was demolished in the spring of 1932. In 1872 Bishop Christopher J. Arthur suggested that this Tabernacle be built to replace the Social Hall. Mayhew Dalley drew the plans for a building 72 X 41-1/2 feet with a tower 110 feet high. Edward J. Ashton of Salt Lake City was engaged as architect and Bengt Nelson was appointed director. The excavation was dug in 1872, but because labor was needed on the St. George Temple, the work was postponed until 1877. The Tabernacle was built of local materials except for the windows. Lumber was cut in Deep Creek, the bricks were burned south of town, shingles were made, and plastering was done. The stone tablet inscribed “Holiness to the Lord” was placed in 1885.

The town clock in the tower was a gift from the city and ward. A ball and weather indicator topped the tower. Conference was held in the unplastered building in 1887. A gallery was added later. December 20, 1931, the U.S. Government approved the purchase of the ground for a post office. The last meeting was held in the historic Tabernacle in 1932 prior to its demolition. The Tabernacle was a community project and served the people well for forty-seven years.

Rock Church

Cedar City Rock Church
Cedar City Rock Church

The old Rock Church holds many memories and interesting stories. It also houses some of the area’s greatest workmanship and lessons of hard work and perseverance.

The construction of LDS buildings in Cedar City was done on the northeast block of Main Street and Center Street. This entire section was owned by the LDS church and it was there that they built the tabernacle, which was torn down in 1932, a ward house and tithing offices. The Rock Church is all that remains of the magnificent block. It was built in 1931.

The construction of the Rock Church was and still is unique to this area and to the LDS church. It is the only chapel that was built entirely by church members. It was also built exclusively from area materials, which were not easy to get. The beautiful wood benches, tables, stair railings and doors were made from local Juniper trees. The saints cut the trees in the winter time so that the sap content would be lower.

“They glued them and smashed them,” Weaver said, as he pointed out the layers of wood in the pews. The iron light fixtures, which are still the original sets, were made from the iron that was mined in Iron County. The beautiful rock on the outside of the church was hauled in from southern Utah, as far south as Jacob’s Lake in Arizona, and as far west as Pioche and Penaca, Nevada. Many of these stones were not just simple stones, either. Silver, which looks blue in its natural state, and copper, which is green, are both on the building.

Master stone masons from Germany laid everything out on the ground to pattern out the design before laying it on the front of the church. As you look above the front door at the archway, you will notice a center piece, which is called the keystone, and how these men placed the stones to match on either side as they went out. Even the stones all across the front are matched mirror image from the center.

As construction began, estimates for the cost of the building were in the neighborhood of $60,000. Even with the vast amount of donated labor, it still cost the LDS church $85,000. Many workers were paid $1 a day for their labor but ended up giving it back to help build the church.

Inside the building there are many beautiful and interesting things. When on a tour, be sure to notice the music stand in the chapel, the beautiful rails, doors and tables, and the unique baptismal font in the basement. This latter room is really a wonder to see.

Tours are every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Special tours may be arranged by calling Kimball Weaver at (435) 586-6759.

75 E Center St

Deseret Industries

Deseret Industries is both a nonprofit, vocational rehabilitation facility and a thrift store.

Deseret Industries is composed of three related parts. First, trainees work, receive training, and find long-term employment. Second, the public may purchase inexpensive, quality merchandise in a clean, safe retail environment. To those in need, merchandise is provided at no cost. Third, all people may provide meaningful service through the donation of time and merchandise.

Deseret Industries is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Established in 1938 as a single thrift store, today there are 46 stores serving people in seven western states: Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

Hours: Closed Sunday
Address: 110 W 535 S
Phone: 435-586-3337

Cedar City Temple

The Cedar City, Utah Temple is being built on the north side of Leigh Hill (280 S Cove Dr). It was announced by LDS Church president Thomas S. Monson on April 6, 2013. The groundbreaking was Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at 10:00 am. It will be the 17th temple in Utah. The closest temple to Cedar City residents is the St. George Temple. The angel Moroni statue was placed on top of the tower on September 15, 2016.

Open House: Fri, October 27 – Sat, November 18, 2017
Cultural Celebration: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Dedication (three sessions, will be broadcast to stake centers in temple district, three hour block of mtgs cancelled for this day): Sunday, December 10, 2017

The following stakes will be in the Cedar City Temple district: Beaver, Cedar City Canyon View, Cedar City Cross Hollow, Cedar City Married Student, Cedar City North, Cedar City Utah, Cedar City West, Cedar City YSA 1st, Cedar City YSA 2nd, Ely, Enoch, Enoch West, Escalante, Minersville, Panaca, Panguitch and Parowan!

LDS temples are literally houses of the Lord. The Lord has always commanded his people to build temples, holy buildings in which worthy Saints perform sacred ceremonies and ordinances of the gospel for themselves and for the dead. The Lord visits his temples, and they are the most holy of all places of worship.

Hymn #5, High on a Mountain Top, was written by Joel Hill Johnson while living in Enoch, Utah, a suburb of Cedar City.

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