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Facts About the Ogden Utah Temple

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

Number of Rooms:  Six ordinance and eleven sealing rooms

Total Floor Area: 115,000 square feet

  • The Ogden Utah Temple was 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 the Utah Territory more than 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, the Jordan River Utah Temple and the Washington D.C. 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 is a sister building to the Provo Utah Temple.
  • Ground was broken for the Ogden Utah Temple on the 96th birthday of President David O. McKay. He passed away just four months later. The temple was subsequently dedicated on the second anniversary of his passing.
  • The architect of the Ogden Utah Temple was Emil B. Fetzer.
  • The Ogden Utah Temple was the 14th operating temple of the Church.
  • The Ogden Utah Temple district includes Brigham City on the North, Evanston, Kemmerer and Riverton, Wyoming on the East and Syracuse on the South.

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