Demand for Ogden Temple open house tickets boosts LDS spirits, local businesses

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  • Nachtmerrie_in_Brugge Mesa, AZ
    Aug. 2, 2014 2:46 p.m.

    I have mixed feelings about similarly homogenizing the Provo Temple. On the one hand, the new Ogden design is more dignified, more what you expect to see in a religious edifice. It looks like a temple. On the other hand, the old design was more interesting, more quirky. It almost thumbed its nose at that sameness that all LDS temples seem to have, albeit a very beautiful sameness. Part of me wants to see Emil B. Fetzer's funky concept (the protective cloud over Israel and the pillar of fire) preserved in Provo.

    In other matters, I’ve noticed something about the Ogden Temple: remove the steeple and you basically have the Mesa Arizona Temple. It’s a two-story box on top of a one-story platform. That said, I can absolutely picture the Mesa Temple with a spire. I previously thought maybe they could build a freestanding tower beside the temple, but now I'd like to see it right on top and in the center. If it's done right, with a tower-belfry-lantern superstructure tapering up to the spire (as in Ogden), it could be really beautiful and Moroni could at last fly over Mesa.

  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    July 31, 2014 11:58 a.m.

    I would say 99% chance that the Provo Temple will undergo a similar reconstruction. That is why the burning down of the Provo Tabernacle may turn out to be a sort of a blessing. Once the old Provo Tabernacle becomes a Provo Temple, all the old Provo Temple work can be transferred there during the reconstruction of the old Provo Temple.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    July 30, 2014 4:53 p.m.

    Even if a red corvette were parked outside the Temple, some people would still find fault, and it isn't the dark woodwork I am referring to.

  • Flitriver Clearfield, UT
    July 30, 2014 2:14 p.m.

    Yeah, the Temple is very beautiful indeed!

    And, yes, four of the construction photos are the Provo Temple. (Nos 29, 30, 31, 32.)

  • Mr. Owl Layton, UT
    July 30, 2014 8:11 a.m.

    I'm very impressed with the beauty of the interior and exterior of the temple. The wood from Africa and the marble from Egypt are exquisite! The contrast of dark and light reminds me of earth and heaven. Temples are where earth and heaven come together and where we learn to move from one to the other.

    I'm most impressed with the tree of life and sheaves of wheat (bread of life, wheat from tares) symbolism shown throughout the temple. All in all, it's stunning and a beautiful example of the peaceful elegance found in the temples.

  • hockeymom Highland, UT
    July 30, 2014 7:33 a.m.

    @ Red Corvette

    Funny, I was thinking the dark, rich wood looked very elegant, all polished and smooth with the contrasting lighter walls around. Just a matter of perspective and personal opinion, isn't it?

  • The Last Word South Jordan, UT
    July 30, 2014 12:25 a.m.

    Breathtaking photos! So excited to walk through it this weekend. "Red Corvette" You don't know what you're talking about with your cheap lobby look comment. The lobby looks incredible and the dark wood from Africa looks amazing. What a blessing the re-opening of this Temple will be to not only church members, but the entire community and a huge boost to local business. Thanks to the LDS Church for all it has contributed to this community.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    July 30, 2014 12:02 a.m.

    Thank goodness local businesses can reap profits from a temple open house. Let's make sure that as we grow the kingdom, a few choice people are making a little money as well.

  • Texile Nacogdoches, TX
    July 29, 2014 8:51 p.m.

    While looking through the slideshow of images associated with this article, I couldn't help but notice that two or three of the archived images of the construction of the original Ogden temple were actually pictures of the construction of the Provo Temple. One can positively identify Provo's Rock Canyon and Lightening Ridge in the background in one image. In another, it looks very much like Utah Lake, Lake Mountain, and Oquirrh Mountain in the background. A third has hints of the slopes of Wymount in the background. I also can't help but wonder if the Provo Temple will undergo a similar rebuild as Ogden once the Provo City Center temple is finished.

  • Brother Paul Livermore, CA
    July 29, 2014 5:18 p.m.

    This news story did Not mention that the tickets are Free!!

    Some may be confused about this, because Most tickets to Most events do cost $$.

    Tickets are Necessary to manage the number of people at a given time, but they are Free...