The Ogden Utah Temple (formerly the Ogden Temple) is the sixteenth constructed and fourteenth operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Located in Ogden, Utah, it was originally built with a modern, single-spire design very similar to the Provo Utah Temple. During a renovation completed in 2014, the exterior and interior were extensively changed.

History

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The temples in Ogden and Provo were planned due to overcrowding in the Salt Lake, Manti, and Logan temples. The Ogden Temple serves more than 135,000 members. The intention to construct a temple in Ogden was announced by the LDS Church on August 24, 1967. On September 7, 1970, a cornerstone laying ceremony was held. The site for the temple is a 10 acre lot called Tabernacle Square that the church had owned since the area was settled. In 1921, LDS Church president Heber J. Grant inspected the site as a possible temple site, but decided the time was not right to build.

At the time of construction, the Ogden Temple differed from temples built previously by the LDS Church. The original design was very contemporary and the lot chosen is in downtown Ogden, surrounded by businesses and offices. The temple in Ogden was the first built in Utah since the Salt Lake Temple was dedicated in 1893 and since Utah gained statehood in 1896.

The Ogden Temple was originally constructed with 115,000 sf and four floors, one below ground. The temple included six ordinance rooms and eleven sealing rooms. The stone on the temple was fluted and decorative metal grillwork was added between the stone. Gold windows with directional glass also added to the beauty of the temple.

The Ogden Temple was dedicated on January 18, 1972, by church president Joseph Fielding Smith,[1] a few weeks before the Provo Temple was dedicated.

Renovations

Ogden Utah Temple as it appeared prior to the 2019 renovation work.


Beginning in 2001 and lasting through much of 2002, both the exterior of the temple and the surrounding grounds underwent significant changes. Weather damage to the exterior of the temple was repaired and the spire, which was originally a yellowish-gold, was painted bright white. A fiberglass statue of the Angel Moroni covered in gold leaf was added to the temple's spire, almost 30 years after the temple was dedicated.[2] The temple grounds received walkways and paths allowing visitors to walk around the temple as well as to access the structure from the main adjacent street.

On February 17, 2010, the LDS Church announced that the Ogden Temple would undergo major exterior and interior renovations that would significantly modify the look of the building. The upgrades included replacing old electrical, heating, and plumbing systems with more modern, energy-saving equipment. Additional improvements included construction of a new underground parking structure, complete relandscaping of the temple block, and renovation of the adjacent Ogden Tabernacle, including removal of its spire.[3][4][5] The interior was reduced from 131,000 to 115,000 sq ft, but through an improved design, there is more usable space following the reconstruction.[6]

On April 25, 2014, the church announced that with renovations nearing completion, a public open house would be held from August 1 to September 6, 2014. The temple was then rededicated in three sessions on September 21, 2014 by church president Thomas S. Monson.[7][8]

Other structures

There are a number of other significant buildings located on the same block as the temple. The first building constructed was the Weber Stake Tabernacle (1855) on the southeast corner of the block. It was demolished in 1971 in conjunction with the construction of the temple.

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Buildings (past and current) located on the Ogden Utah temple block

The Weber Stake Relief Society Building, completed in 1902, was located on the western portion of the block. It was deeded to the Weber County Daughters of the Utah Pioneers in 1926, who used it as a pioneer museum. In January 2012 it was moved approximately one block west to a lot donated by the City of Ogden. The move was to accommodate a new parking structure built as a part of the temple remodel.[9]

The Miles Goodyear Cabin was located adjacent to the Weber Stake Relief Society Building as part of the pioneer museum from 1928 to late 2011, when it was moved to the new pioneer museum location.

The largest of the other structures to occupy the lot is the Ogden Tabernacle, constructed in 1956. The large tower on the north side of the building was removed in the 2010–14 renovation.

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Ogden Stake Tabernacle, Ogden, Utah prior to removal of tower.

Temple District

Davis County, Utah

  1. Clearfield Utah Stake
  2. Clearfield Utah North Stake
  3. Clearfield Utah South Stake
  4. Clinton Utah Stake
  5. Clinton Utah North Stake
  6. Clinton Utah West Stake
  7. Sunset Utah Stake
  8. Syracuse Utah Stake
  9. Syracuse Utah Bluff Stake
  10. Syracuse Utah Lake View YSA Stake
  11. Syracuse Utah Legacy Park Stake
  12. Syracuse Utah South Stake
  13. Syracuse Utah West Stake
  14. West Point Utah Stake
  15. West Point Utah Lakeside Stake

Morgan County, Utah

  1. Morgan Utah Stake
  2. Morgan Utah North Stake
  3. Morgan Utah West Stake

Summit County, Utah

  1. Coalville Utah Stake

Weber County, Utah

  1. Farr West Utah Stake
  2. Farr West Utah Poplar Stake
  3. Harrisville Utah Stake
  4. Hooper Utah Stake
  5. Hooper Utah Pioneer Trail Stake
  6. Huntsville Utah Stake
  7. Kanesville Utah Stake
  8. North Ogden Utah Stake
  9. North Ogden Utah Ben Lomond Stake
  10. North Ogden Utah Coldwater Stake
  11. North Ogden Utah East Stake
  12. Ogden Utah Stake
  13. Ogden Utah Burch Creek Stake
  14. Ogden Utah East Stake
  15. Ogden Utah Lorin Farr Stake
  16. Ogden Utah Mound Fort Stake
  17. Ogden Utah Mount Lewis Stake
  18. Ogden Utah Pleasant Valley Stake
  19. Ogden Utah Rock Cliff Stake
  20. Ogden Utah Weber Stake
  21. Ogden Utah Weber Heights Stake
  22. Ogden Utah Weber North Stake
  23. Ogden Utah West Stake
  24. Ogden Utah YSA 1st Stake
  25. Ogden Utah YSA 2nd Stake
  26. Plain City Utah Stake
  27. Pleasant View Utah Stake
  28. Pleasant View Utah Orchard Springs Stake
  29. Pleasant View Utah South Stake
  30. Riverdale Utah Stake
  31. Roy Utah Stake
  32. Roy Utah Central Stake
  33. Roy Utah Midland Stake
  34. Roy Utah North Stake
  35. Roy Utah South Stake
  36. Roy Utah West Stake
  37. South Ogden Utah Stake
  38. South Weber Utah Stake
  39. Washington Terrace Utah East Stake
  40. Washington Terrace Utah West Stake
  41. West Haven Utah Stake

Temple Presidents

  1. Michael L. Vellinga 2017–
  2. Fredrick Froerer III 2014–2017
  3. Robert R. Steuer 2008–2011
  4. Gordon T. Watts 2005–2008
  5. Dale L. Gardner 2002–2005
  6. J. Kirk Moyes 1999–2002
  7. Collins E. Jones 1996–1999
  8. Harvey M. Broadbent 1993–1996
  9. Dorman H. Baird 1990–1993
  10. E. LaMar Buckner 1987–1990
  11. Milton C. Mecham 1985–1987
  12. Keith W. Wilcox 1980–1985
  13. Leslie T. Norton 1976–1980
  14. A. Reed Halversen 1972–1976

See Also

References

Ogden Utah Temple

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The Ogden Utah Temple is the 14th dedicated temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints currently in operation. It was originally built with a modern, single-spire design very similar to the Provo Utah Temple. During a renovation completed in 2014, the exterior and interior were extensively changed. There are a number of other significant historic buildings located on the same block as the temple.

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