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Ogden Utah Temple

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14th operating temple

Ogden Utah Mormon Temple
Physical Address
350 22nd Street
Ogden, Utah  84401-1487
United States
Mailing Address
350 22nd St
Ogden, UT  84401-1487
Telephone  801-621-6880
Facsimile  801-399-0907
Distribution Services  801-334-4215

Announcement:  24 August 1967
Site Dedication:  8 September 1969 by Joseph Fielding Smith and Alvin R. Dyer
Groundbreaking:  8 September 1969 by Hugh B. Brown
Public Open House:  16–30 December 1971
Dedication:  18–20 January 1972 by Joseph Fielding Smith
Public Open House:  1 August–6 September 2014
Rededication:  21 September 2014 by Thomas S. Monson

Site:  9.96 acres.
Exterior Finish:  Granite, quarried and fabricated in China.
Ordinance Rooms:  Six ordinance rooms (stationary) and nine sealing.
Total Floor Area:  112,232 square feet.

Temple Opening

The Ogden Utah Temple opens for ordinance work on Monday, September 22, by invitation, and Tuesday, September 23, for all patrons. Appointments for living ordinances may be scheduled beginning Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. at a phone number yet to be announced.

Construction Status

As of September 21, 2014, the Ogden Utah Temple has been rededicated and is operating.

In January 2012, the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum and Miles Goodyear Cabin were relocated from the Ogden Utah Temple site to their new permanent location on a half-acre, city-donated site at the corner of Lincoln Ave and 21st St—just one block west of the temple block.

The angel Moroni statue came down on August 8, 2011, followed by the spire that day and the next. The angel will be refurbished and reused, though not necessarily on the Ogden temple.

Temple Renovation

On February 17, 2010, the Church announced that the Ogden Utah Temple block would undergo a complete overhaul—reshaping the existing temple into a beautiful new east-facing, stone-clad temple with art glass windows. While the interior structure will remain largely the same, some rooms will be reconfigured, and all interior design and auxiliary systems will be updated. The adjacent tabernacle will also sustain changes including the removal of its steeple, which will lend more prominence to the temple. The current above-ground parking structure will be replaced with surface and underground parking. All landscaping will be redone, featuring two new beautiful water features on the east and west sides of the temple.

On September 8, 2010, the Ogden Planning Commission granted approval for the site plan of the redesigned Ogden Utah Temple.

On January 4, 2011, the First Presidency announced by letter the official closing date of the temple as Saturday, April 2, 2011. Construction is expected to last approximately three years. Following the renovation, the temple will be rededicated. During the closure, members may attend any other temple with an emphasis on weekday hours. Attendance is expected to increase at nearby temples, especially on Saturdays and weekday evenings.

Temple Locale

The Ogden Utah Temple serves as a religious centerpiece to downtown Ogden where it occupies an entire city block on Washington Boulevard (US Highway 89). The historic Ogden Tabernacle, completed in 1956, shares the temple block and holds the distinction of being the last tabernacle built by the Church. The temple grounds are beautified by large water features, mature trees, and colorful landscaping.

Temple Facts

The Ogden Utah Temple was the fifth temple built in Utah and the second built along the Wasatch Front.

The Ogden Utah Temple was the first temple dedicated in the state of Utah; the four previous temples were dedicated in Utah Territory over 78 years earlier.

The Ogden Utah Temple was the first temple built with six ordinance rooms, allowing sessions to begin every 20 minutes. (Only three other temples have six ordinance rooms: the Provo Utah Temple, Jordan River Utah Temple, and Washington D.C. Temple.)

The Ogden Utah Temple was originally named the Ogden Temple.

The announcement of the Ogden Utah Temple and Provo Utah Temple was prompted by a statistic computed in the mid-1960s that 52 percent of all ordinance work was performed in three temples: the Logan Utah Temple, the Manti Utah Temple, and the Salt Lake Temple.

The original design for the Ogden Utah Temple included a gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni atop a gold-colored spire. The statue was eventually eliminated from the design, though one was added over 30 years after its dedication.

The Ogden Utah Temple was constructed as a sister building to the Provo Utah Temple, which was built and dedicated at the same time.

Ground was broken for the Ogden Utah Temple on the 96th birthday of President David O. McKay. He passed away just 4 months later. The temple was subsequently dedicated on the second anniversary of his passing.

At the dedication of the Ogden Utah Temple, President Harold B. Lee finished the remaining one-third of the dedicatory prayer when President Joseph Fielding Smith became too weak from standing so long.

As part of an exterior renovation in 2002, an angel Moroni statue was added to the Ogden Utah Temple, and the spire—originally gold colored—was painted white.

The Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum, built as the Weber Stake Relief Society Hall in 1902, was transported from the Ogden Utah Temple grounds on January 24, 2012, to a new permanent location on a half-acre, city-donated site at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and 21st Streete—one block west of the temple.

"We must build more temples, and we must build them more quickly. This is the season to build temples. They are needed, and we have the means to do so. The Lord will hold us accountable if we do not work with greater accomplishment than we are now doing."
—Gordon B. Hinckley

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