Jordan River, Utah Temple

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Jordan River, Utah, USA Temple

History

Even though two additional temples had been built in the Wasatch Front, they were still overcrowded, thus President Spencer W. Kimball determined the need for another. The Jordan River temple enjoys an especially unique location. When the Saints arrived in the area, they could not help but see the similarities between the valley and the Holy Land and named the Jordan River appropriately. In the Holy Land a river named Jordan connects the freshwater Sea of Galilee with the salty Dead Sea. Here, the Jordan River connects Utah Lake with the Great Salt Lake flowing past the temple on its way. One of a handful of temples topped by a statue of Angel Moroni holding the gold plates in one hand and sounding his trumpet with the other, the temple faces east, but all four sides are designed to appear the same. This is the first temple that was funded completely by contributions from members living in the area. After a year-long fundraising campaign, accompanied by much sacrifice, the Saints had gathered 110 percent of their original goal! Traditionally, ground for a temple is broken with a shovel, but President Kimball wanted to make a statement with this temple. In keeping with his counsel to “lengthen our stride” he broke ground with a Caterpillar tractor! With the power of his message, and this image in mind, the Saints have happily attended this temple after its dedication on November 16, 1981, making it one of the busiest temples in the Church. In a fireside in December 1981, President Gordon B. Hinckley spoke to the temple workers and their families, commending them for their sacrifices and efforts, acknowledging the long  hours of travel and work. He concluded with, “When you go home so weary that you can scarcely put one foot ahead of the other, you may say to yourselves, ‘This is the sweetest weariness I have ever known’.”* This temple encourages us to set goals that will enable us to reach even higher and prove ourselves worthy of the Kingdom of God.

How Temple Coins are Made

Dave started creating jewelry using metals in 1992, ten years later he had worked with nearly every metal in the jewelry industry! Moving to Thailand, he spent the next nine years perfecting his skills with various metals, 3D models and 3D printers. He dreamed of producing something that would bring delight to purchasers and carry with it positive feelings that would touch the souls of those who owned them. In 2014 he was able to realize his dream. Returning to the US, he uses Lost-wax casting to create a metal master from brass alloy for each temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, depicting, in the highest degree of definition possible, a coin with a 3D image of a temple. The reverse of each coin is cast with the words “Stand ye in holy places.”

Purchase one or two of the temples that hold special meaning to you. Commemorate your visit to a temple by picking up the corresponding coin. Celebrate a milestone in a loved one’s life by gifting them a temple coin to inspire them. Collect them all or just a few. Some are cast in precious metals, making each coin an investment that will be a treasure in every sense of the word.

Additional Information

  • Free Shipping on orders over $35.
  • All coins are 1 1/4 in.
  • Pewter Coins are cast from lead free alloys.
  • Brass Coins cast from a silicone, brass alloy.  Giving our brass coins a rich yellow gold color for a fraction of the cost of gold coins.
  • Silver Coins are cast from an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper.
  • Gold Coins cast in 14K Gold are 58.5% pure gold.  The remaining alloy consists of a copper and silver mix.
  • All of our coins are developed, cast, and finished locally in our facility in Logan, UT, U.S.A.

*Source note: “Temple Service Extends the Spirit of Christmas”