Ogden Utah


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This is my most up to date version of the Ogden Temple Model.

Mid 2012 the Church revised the rendering of the temple. The stonework changed design slightly, the stone color changed and most noticeably, the spire changed from metal clad to stone clad.

As construction has progressed, I have identified 2 major errors in this model. On the north and south sides, the corner windows on the lower floor of the upper section do not actually exist. The second flaw is the design of the Baptistry entrance on the west side. As none of the church’s released renders showed that side, it was all guess work. It is shaping up somewhat different from what I have depicted.


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Ogden Utah Temple – 2014 – Initial Render





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Ogden Utah Temple Wiki


The Ogden Utah Temple (formerly the Ogden Temple) is the sixteenth constructed and fourteenth operating temple. 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. 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 serves more than 135,000 members. The intention to construct a temple in Ogden was announced by the LDS Church on August 24, 1967.



Talk of  temple for Ogden can be documented as early as 13 December 1920, when a headline on the front page of the ‘Ogden Standard-Examiner’ proclaimed “Ogden to get temple, Mormons are told”[1] At that time, both the Logan and Salt Lake Temples were already operating well beyond their capacity.


In May of 1921 President Heber J. Grant inspected a site being offered at 30th Street and Taylor on condition it be used to build a temple. President Grant was greatful for the offer, but as he did not feel a temple could be built at that time due to funds being tied up in other projects int he Church, he ultimately declined.[2] He did however mention that he was partial to the property of Lester Park.


On 7 May 1924, an offer was made for a trade of some other property the Church owned in Ogden at that time, such as the property known as Tabernacle Square in downtown Ogden (Where the Temple now stands,) for Lester Park. This trade was also declined.[3]


On 12 February of 1956 a tabernacle was dedicated on  the lot that would eventually hold the temple. It was the last tabernacle the church would build before moving solely to a meetinghouse/stake center program.


A 1966 study found that 52 percent of temple work was being done in either the Salt Lake, Logan, or Manti temples, even though there were 13 operating temples throughout the world.[4]


In the 1967 the recently formed Church Building Committee was asked to take a look into the overcrowding issues at Manti and Logan and see what could be done to expand the two temples there. They found that, since the temples had been constructed before building codes were put into place, that there was not much that could be done without building codes requiring large portions of the original temple be brought up to code as well.  Their suggestion, was that rather than try make either temple larger, which would involve redoing much of either existing temple, two new temples could be built for less cost, one in Ogden, and one on some property being offered in Provo.[3]


President McKay was highly in favor of the idea (being from Ogden himself,) and concurrent meetings were held with Stake Presidents in Ogden and Provo on 14 August 1967 to propose the building of the temples.[4]

The intention to construct a temple on what was then known as Tabernacle Square in Ogden was announced 24 August 1967.


The project was then turned over to church Architect Emil B. Fetzer and his staff. President McKay was concerned that the church as a whole would think him a spendthrift for approving not one, but two new temples. The Church had just gone through a major change in emphasis in regards to budgets, and he had already overseen construction of the Los Angeles, Bern, Hamilton, London and Oakland Temples (to that date, no other prophet had overseen more than 4.) He gave the very specific orders for austerity and economy in these two new temples.[3] The design guidelines included:

  • Reasonable cost[4]
  • Full size Temples (Not smaller like the recent international temples)[4]
  • No Assembly Room[3]
  • No Multiple spires, one only[3]
  • No Excess square footage[3]
  • No excess cubage (Vaulted or raised ceilings)[3]
  • One Architectural plan for both temples (absolutely no paying for two plans, though minor changes could be made to the exterior for different looks)[3]
  • No Angel Moroni (though the planning committee decided to strengthen the spires to hold the weight of a statue, just in case one could be added later.)[3]

Brother Fetzer would remark that “I think this [Ogden] is the only building that I have designed in words before I started to put marks on paper.”[4]

After a few months of work and preliminary design, Brother Fetzer and his team were informed that film had been approved for wider domestic use to present the endowment, and that management of the sessions and tracking of ordinances would be turned completely over to the Church’s new computer systems. This meant the number of people needed to run a session and a temple as a whole was reduced significantly. This also meant drastic changes could be made in the design and layout. Three Months of work was thrown completely out and on a late flight from New York to England Brother Fetzer and Brother Fred Baker of the Building Committee discussed the changes, and ways to layout the design of the temple without the restrictions that had just been removed. By the time they landed in England, the had a preliminary design that featured 6 endowment rooms arrayed around a central celestial room, and estimates that this new design could perform more endowment sessions than any other temple in the Church.[3]


Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Ogden Temple were held on 8 September 1969, President McKay’s birthday. The site was dedicated by Joseph Fielding Smith of the First Presidency, and the first shovel full of dirt was turned over by Elder Hugh B. Brown.[5]


On 7 September 1970, a cornerstone laying ceremony was held with President Joseph Fielding Smith presiding and President N. Eldon Tanner of the First Presidency dedicating the cornerstone. Around 6,000 people were  in attendance.[5]

Open House

A public open house for the Ogden Temple was held daily from 16 -30 December 1971 (except Sundays and Christmas Day).  During the 12 days of the open house it was estimated that more than 150,000 people attended, an average of 12,500 per day.[5]


Ogden Utah Temple original design and landscapingThe Ogden Temple was dedicated on 18 January 1972, by church president Joseph Fielding Smith, a few weeks before the Provo Temple was dedicated.

Dedicatory Prayer

Dedication Order

At the time of the Dedication of the Ogden Utah Temple it was the 14th Temple in the Church, the 10th in the United States, and the 5th in Utah. At the time of its dedication, there were 2 other temples under construction and no temples undergoing remodel.


Ogden Utah Temple updated Design and landscapingBeginning 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.[6] The temple grounds received redesigned walkways and paths allowing visitors to walk around the temple as well as to access the structure from the main adjacent street.



On 17 February 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.[7][8][9] 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.[10]

As part of the overhaul, the spire was removed, and the upper two stores demolished down to a central structural core. Seismic improvements were made to the core of the structure, and a new temple built around the reinforced framework. The lower story was gutted, the shell remaining largely in place, and a new entryway was carved into the east side.

Open House

On April 25, 2014, the church announced that with renovations nearing completion, a public open house would be held from 1 August 1 to 6 September 2014.


The temple was rededicated in three sessions on September 21, 2014 by church president Thomas S. Monson.[11][12]

Rededicatory Prayer

Rededication Order

At the time of the Temples rededication there were (including Ogden,) 144 temples in operation, 71 temples in the United States, and 15 Temples in Utah. Additionally there were 14 Temples under construction, 12 Temples awaiting groundbreaking, and 3 temples undergoing renovation.

Temples Under Construction Temples Awaiting Groundbreaking Temples undergoing renovation
Indianapolis Indiana Concepcion Chile Mexico City Mexico
Tijuana Mexico Lisbon Portugal Montreal Quebec
Hartdord Connecticut Urdaneta Phillipines Suva Fiji
Meridian Idaho Kinshasa DRC
Fort Collins Colorado Barranquilla Columbia
Phoenix Arizona Durban South Africa
Cordoba Argentina Winnipeg Manitoba
Rome Italy Star Valley Wyoming
Trujillo Peru Aeriquipa Peru
Sapporo Japan Tucson Arizona
Fortaleza Brazil Cedar City Utah
Payson Utah Rio De Janeiro Brazil
Provo City Center
Paris France


President Michael L. Vellinga 2017–
President Fredrick Froerer III 2014–2017
President Robert R. Steuer 2008–2011
President Gordon T. Watts 2005–2008
President Dale L. Gardner 2002–2005
President J. Kirk Moyes 1999–2002
President Collins E. Jones 1996–1999
President Harvey M. Broadbent 1993–1996
President Dorman H. Baird 1990–1993
President E. LaMar Buckner 1987–1990
President Milton C. Mecham 1985–1987
President Keith W. Wilcox 1980–1985
President Leslie T. Norton 1976–1980
President A. Reed Halversen 1972–1976


The site for the temple is a 10-acre (40,000 m2) lot called Tabernacle Square that the church had owned since the area was settled. 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 Ogden Temple was originally constructed with 115,000 square feet (10,700 m2) 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.

Other structures on the Temple Block

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.

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.[13]

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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Sources and Links

External links

  • Temple at LDS.org(official)
  • Temple at MormonTemples.org (official)
  • Temple at MormonNewsroom.org (official)
  • Temple at LDSChurchTemples.com
  • Temple at LDSChurchNewsArchive.com
  • Temple at Wikipedia

Additional Articles


  1. [1]“Front Page,” Ogden Standard-Examiner,(via Library of Congress) 13 December 1920. Accessed 13 August 2017.
  2. [2]“First Presidency Inspects Temple Site” Deseret News, 16 May 1921. Accessed 13 August 2017
  3. [3]“The Detailed Story of the Old and New Ogden Temples,” Nighuntokolob.blogspot.com, 17 December 2015. Accessed 2 October 2016.
  4. [4]Green, Doyle L., “Two Temples to Be Dedicated”, Ensign, January 1972
  5. [5]“Why were the first Ogden/Provo LDS temples designed the way they were?”Nighuntokolob.blogspot.com, 8 February 2016. Accessed 2 October 2016.
  6. [6]“Ogden Utah Temple to receive improvements, Moroni statue”Church News, September 14, 2002
  7. [7]Stack, Peggy Fletcher (February 17, 2010), “‘Somewhat dated’ LDS temple to get new look”The Salt Lake Tribune
  8. [8] “News Story: Ogden Temple to Get Architectural Facelift”Newsroom, LDS Church, February 17, 2010
  9. [9]Askar, Jamshid (February 18, 2010), “Ogden temple renovation to include significant architectural face-lift”Church News
  10. [10]Saxton, Bryon (October 21, 2012), “Ogden Temple renovation update elicits ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs'”Standard-Examiner, retrieved 2012-10-26
  11. [11] “News Release: Ogden Utah Temple Will Be Rededicated in September 2014”Newsroom [MormonNewsroom.org], LDS Church, 25 April 2014
  12. [12]“News Release: Ogden Utah Temple Rededicated by President Thomas S. Monson”Newsroom [MormonNewsroom.org], LDS Church, 21 September 2014
  13. [13]“Museum History”Weber County DUP Museum. Retrieved 1 January 2015.

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  • When you make a 3d rendering of the temples where do you get your dimensions from? The reason I ask is because I have been asked to be in charge of building a parade float for the 2013 Pioneer days Parade in Ogdent. We were thinking of building a scale model of the new temple for our float but I cannot seem to find anyone able to provide the architectual renderings with dimensions to go off of. I don’t know that I dare try to do it simply from the picture the church has provided. I do find your 3d model more useful, but again I don’t know that I could use it effectively to produce a scale model. If you could provide me with any useful information towards this goal I would be appreciative.
    Sincerely, Daniel L Frame

    • Daniel,

      I got my dimensions from the Church rendering for any temple that is not yet built, and from photographs for those that have not yet. Here are a few things I know from the rendering and watching the construction on the Ogden Temple remodel:

      The Moroni will sit about 3-5 feet higher than it did on the Temple when it had a white spire.

      The Outside Dimensions of the Base of the temple have not changed with the exception of them being about 2 feet taller. Then you cut in the east section for the new entryway.

      The dimensions of the upper portion will be slightly taller, again by 2-3 feet. The east and west faces of the upper portion match the location of the original east and west faces. The north and south faces match the location of the north and south GLASS portion on the second floor.

      Everything else was guesswork!

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