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Logan Utah Temple: Learn 12 facts about its history

Logan Utah Temple: Learn 12 facts about its history

Note: This article was originally published on May 19, 2019, for the 135th anniversary of the Logan Utah Temple dedication.

May 17 marks the anniversary of the Logan Utah Temple dedication. To celebrate the anniversary of the Logan Utah Temple, here are 12 facts you may not know about its history.

  1. The Logan Utah Temple was done in three sessions on May 17-19, 1884, by President John Taylor, third president of the Church.
  2. The Logan Utah Temple was the only temple President Taylor dedicated.
  3. The Logan temple was the second temple built in Utah.
  4. The five-story temple was constructed entirely by volunteer labor. The Logan Utah Temple took seven years to build, with construction taking place from 1877 to 1884.
  5. The temple’s groundbreaking was held a month after that of the Manti Utah Temple, and the two temples share a similar castellated appearance.
  6. Unlike the St. George Utah Temple, the first to be finished in Utah, the Logan temple was the first to have muraled ordinance rooms for live-acting presentation and progression of the endowment ceremony.
  7. The exterior walls of the Logan temple were originally painted a pinkish, off-white color to hide the dark, rough-hewn limestone, but the paint was allowed to weather away in the early 1900s. The bare stone can be seen on the exterior walls today.
  8. In 1976, 92 years after its dedication, the Logan Utah Temple was closed for over two years for a complete interior reconstruction. The historic temple’s handcrafted interior was gutted and the roof was removed, which left only the exterior walls standing.
  9. The 1970s-style interior was patterned after the Provo Utah Temple and the Ogden Utah Temple before the latter’s renovation. The muraled rooms used for progressing through the ordinance ceremonies were replaced with separate wallpapered rooms equipped for a motion-picture presentation of the endowment.
  10. President Spencer W. Kimball, who rededicated the temple on March 13-15, 1979, regretted the need to rebuild the interior because of the loss of pioneer craftsmanship.
  11. In the Logan Utah Temple rededicatory prayer, President Kimball acknowledged the gratitude felt for all temples that had been built, rebuilt and yet to be built. He expressed gratitude for missionary work and faithful members striving to attend the temple.
  12. The Logan Utah Temple grounds were renovated in 2009, and the 1970s-style water feature was replaced with a pioneer-inspired oval reflecting pool. Heated sidewalks to help with heavy snowfall and areas for enhancing exterior photography of individuals and groups were also added.
View of the Logan Utah Temple from its exterior with blooming landscape and bright blue sky.

The Logan Utah Temple.

Credit: Church News archives

Is the Logan Utah Temple being renovated?

On April 19, 2019, the Church announced details about renovating the Salt Lake Temple and stated that renovation plans for more pioneer-era temples would be forthcoming.

Brent Roberts, the Church’s director of special projects, said the projects team has worked on the Manti project for years but isn’t ready to announce plans. At the time of the Salt Lake Temple announcement, the Church had just begun studying plans for Logan.

As of September 2022, renovation had not yet begun on the Logan Utah Temple.

The Logan Utah Temple’s reflection pool was added in 2009.

The Logan Utah Temple’s reflection pool was added in 2009.

Exterior view of the Logan Utah Temple from the end of the reflection pool, which was added to the temple grounds in 2009.

Though the projects will be costly and take years, leaders have said it’s worth the effort.

“Temples are precious to us because in them, Church members and their families participate in sacred ceremonies and ordinances that are the crowning facet of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” President Russell M. Nelson said. “The highest blessings that God offers to his faithful children are available only in a temple.”

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