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Ogden temple dedication

OGDEN, UTAH

The First Presidency has announced open house and rededication dates for the Ogden Utah Temple. The temple was closed in April 2011 for extensive renovation.

The public open house will begin on Friday, Aug. 1, and run through Saturday, Sept. 6, except for Sundays.

The temple will be formally rededicated in three sessions on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Each of the sessions will be broadcast to Latter-day Saint meetinghouses in the three Utah areas, and to congregations in Riverton, Wyoming.

In conjunction with the temple rededication, there will also be a cultural celebration featuring music and dance on Saturday, Sept. 20.

The temple’s entire exterior has been reshaped with new stone and art glass, and the temple entrance was moved from the west side to the east side, where it faces Washington Boulevard, one of the city’s main streets. The renovation of the temple also includes reconfigured rooms and new energy-saving electrical, heating and plumbing systems. Other notable improvements include underground parking and a complete relandscaping of the temple block and inclusion of a major water feature.

The Ogden Utah Temple was originally dedicated in 1972 as the 14th operating temple for the Church and the fifth in Utah. There are now 142 dedicated temples worldwide, including 13 in Utah. Those include the Bountiful temple, Brigham City temple, Draper temple, Jordan River temple, Logan temple, Manti temple, Monticello temple, Mount Timpanogos temple, Oquirrh Mountain temple, Provo temple, Salt Lake Temple, St. George temple and Vernal temple. Additional temples in Utah have been announced or are under construction in Provo, Payson and Cedar City.

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