Ogden Utah Temple
14th operating temple; closed for renovation; angel Moroni installed atop spire; attaching granite to exterior; anticipated to be completed in late 2014
Physical Address350 22nd Street
Ogden, Utah 84401-1487
Mailing Address350 22nd St
Ogden, UT 84401-1487
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
Site: 18.3 acres.
Exterior Finish: Granite.
Ordinance Rooms: Six ordinance rooms (stationary) and eleven sealing.
Total Floor Area: 115,000 square feet.
Visitors to the Ogden Utah Temple construction site may obtain additional information at the visitors' trailer where numerous displays—including a slideshow presentation—are available, and questions may be answered.
As of March 2013, much of the granite and window installation has been completed on the main level of the temple. Plastic sheeting is wrapped around the upper levels to control the temperature where black waterproofing is being applied to green insulating blocks prior to the attachment of exterior granite slabs. Framing is proceeding in both the temple and the adjacent tabernacle. A new parapet wall has been framed on top of the tabernacle. Much of the underground parking facility is completed, and rebar is being laid for the ceiling of the structure.
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 St and 21st Ave—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.
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 2–3 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.
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.
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.
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 in 1902 as the Weber Stake Relief Society building, 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 Street and 21st Avenue—one block west of the temple.