Ogden Utah Temple once again welcomes public

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The Ogden Temple exterior was completely remodeled in a two-year project. The grounds and temple are now open to the public until Sept. 21, when it will be rededicated.

The Ogden Temple has opened its doors once again after a three-year renovation; the public is welcome to attend the temple open house, which began Aug. 1 and will conclude Sept. 6.

According to the LDS Church website, the Ogden Temple was first dedicated in 1972 as the church’s 14th operating temple. It had a similar exterior design to that of the Provo  Temple, which was dedicated in the same year.

The temple’s exterior is now reshaped with art glass and new stones. It also features reconfigured rooms and new heating, electrical and plumbing systems.

“I felt peace when I was in the temple,” said Tiffany Law, a graduate of BYU from Hong Kong. “Although the exterior of the temple has changed, the work done inside the temple is still the same. The gospel never changes.”

Law said this was the third temple open house she had attended, after the Hong Kong, China, Temple in 1996 and the Brigham City, Utah, Temple in 2012.

“It’s a blessing to live in Utah that I can attend temple open houses so easily,” she said. “For my friends in Hong Kong, they may not even have a chance to attend once in their life.”

According to Sister Frazier of the Utah Ogden Mission, who serves at the open house, the church is expecting 20,000 people to attend the open house every day.

The open house will end on Sept. 6, followed by a cultural celebration on Sept. 20, and the rededication on Sept. 21. Three sessions will be broadcast to LDS meetinghouses in Utah and regions in Idaho and Wyoming within the temple’s district at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. that day.

Once rededicated, he temple will serve more than 200,000 members living in northern Utah and parts of Wyoming and Idaho.

The public can make reservations to attend the open house at http://templeopenhouse.lds.org/tickets;jsessionid=515C55DA44F96461D52568A03FEE50F1.

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