Ogden Temple, Utah Temple – Old


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Ogden Temple, Utah, USA Temple – Old


The first temple to be dedicated after Utah became a state (the others were built while it was still a territory), the Ogden temple was also the first temple built in Utah after seventy years (making it the fifth Utah temple). December 12, 1920, Elder Hyrum G. Smith, patriarch to the Church, told Saints in Ogden that one day they would have a temple. In the early 1960’s at a stake presidents’ meeting in Ogden, President McKay was asked when they would get a temple. He laughingly responded, “We need temples all over the world, don’t get your hopes up.”* Apparently, the conversation started him thinking because he asked to have a study done on how the temples were being used. They discovered that 52% of the ordinance work was being done in only three temples: Salt Lake City, Logan and Manti. It was decided that building two new temples, one in Ogden and one in Provo, would best meet the needs of the largest number of Saints.** The Provo and Ogden temples were designed by the same architect, Emil B. Fetzer, to accommodate the greatest number of patrons possible. Dedicated January 18, 1972, the smaller rooms made it possible to start sessions every twenty minutes. These temples quickly proved themselves able to handle as many individuals a day as the largest temples in the Church. In an article in the Ensign, the temple was described as, “Centrally located in downtown Ogden amidst the businesses and institutions of man, the Ogden Temple effectively symbolizes the power of the gospel to reach down and out to the daily life of each of us, to bless, guide and protect us as we walk and work and live in the real work-a-day world.”***

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: Liston, “Geographical Analysis,” 112
**”Ogden Temple”, 80; Green, “Two Temples to Be Dedicated,” 6-9
***”Ogden Temple”, 80