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The Provo Temple, photographed on Friday August 29, 2014.

The Ogden Temple of Latter-day Saint Church of Jesus Christ, pictured on June 18, 2020.

Grant Hindsley

The Provo Temple, photographed on Friday August 29, 2014.

It was no surprise to Latter-day Saints members that President Russell M. Nelson announced the construction of several new temples on Sunday.

The announcement of the rebuilding of the Provo Utah Temple, which is to begin after the Orem Utah Temple has been completed, was surprising.

The Orem Utah Temple is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2023.

“We recognize the interest this will generate for people and communities in places that will receive such a temple. At this point in time, there is limited information available beyond the intention of building a temple in the advertised area. More information will be offered as the Church moves forward, ”said Doug Andersen, Church spokesman.

“In due course, the Church will provide pertinent information for each of these newly announced temples or temple renovations, such as specific locations, breakthrough dates, and construction details. In addition, public open houses are common practice so that the congregation can tour the temple before it is consecrated and used by Church members, ”added Andersen.

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The Ogden Temple of Latter-day Saint Church of Jesus Christ, pictured on June 18, 2020.

The Provo Utah Temple was originally announced on August 14, 1967. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on September 16, 1969, and the temple was dedicated on February 9, 1972 by then Church President Joseph Fielding Smith.

The Ogden Temple was the 14th operating temple in the Church, and the Provo Temple was the 15th.

According to the Church, the design of the temple was inspired by an Old Testament scripture in Exodus 13:21, which says that the Lord walked before the children of Israel as a cloud by day and as a pillar of fire by night.

The Provo Utah Temple has undergone a number of interior renovations over the years, including taking out escalators and replacing them with stairs. In 2003 the tower of the temple was decorated with the angel Moroni and the tower was changed from gold to white.

The Provo Temple currently serves members of the Provo and Orem Church, as well as Brigham Young University and the Provo Missionary Training Center across the street.

The Ogden Utah Temple was opened a month earlier, on May 18-20. January 1972, inaugurated and had the same architectural design.

The two temples were very different from already built temples with a more modern, contemporary design motif.

While viewed as the house of the Lord by members of the Church, some have referred to the styles of the Provo and Ogden temples as something similar to wedding cakes or cupcakes, among other things.

Now curious Church members want to know if the Provo Utah Temple will look like the Ogden Temple again.

The Ogden Temple underwent extensive renovations both inside and out in 2014, with the exterior completely changed.

The new design of the Ogden Temple is not remotely similar to the original. The main entrance to the temple has been relocated from the west side to the east side, where it overlooks Washington Boulevard, one of the main streets of Ogden.

The renovation of the temple also includes redesigned rooms and new energy-saving electrical, heating and plumbing systems. Other notable improvements include the addition of underground parking, a new landscaping of the temple block, and the addition of a large water feature, according to the church.


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