** Jordan River Temple will close from Feb. 15, 2016 through the latter part of 2017 to undergo extensive renovations.**
From 1893 to 1981, the Salt Lake Valley had only one temple. By 1981 the LDS population of the valley had increased, and begun moving southward and westward through the valley. So when the revelation came to add another temple to the Salt Lake Valley, the church created the highest capacity temple in the church. With its six large ordinance rooms, the temple could have as many as 750 people in ordinance rooms at the same time. This number means it is still the highest capacity temple, even today.
As the population of the Salt Lake Valley has continued moving southward and westward, the church has added two additional temples in the southern part of the valley, the Draper temple and the Oquirrh Mountain temple. But Jordan River remains a very busy temple, with endowment sessions beginning every 20 minutes throughout the day. The name of the temple comes from the Jordan River which flows south to north through the entire valley, from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake.
Although the southern part of the valley doesn't have the same reputation for top cuisine that downtown Salt Lake has, there are plenty of great restaurants close by to feed your family. Brick Oven Pizza has lots of history and serves up great pizza, salad and pasta. For more expensive, specialty pizza, try The Pie. For a nice sit-down home-cooked dinner, try Archibald's in Gardner Village. If you like (or want to try) Indian Food, Saffron Valley is a great choice. For dessert you can go to a cute little house called The Chocolate.
Another great idea for lunch is to do a picnic at Veterans Memorial Park, just a short drive from the temple. You could get some food from a grocery store, or stop by Village Baker for out-of-this-world sandwiches and pastries, then order takeout and eat at the park. Besides the park, there are many fun activities in the surrounding area, including plenty of outdoor adventures. Visit the animals of Wheeler Farm, or walk down the Jordan River Parkway. Head up one of the Salt Lake Valley's many canyons and take a stroll around Silver Lake. Or, if you are looking for something inside for the kids, take them down to the Classic Fun Center.