Oquirrh, Utah Temple

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Oquirrh, Utah, USA Temple

History

In General Conference, October 2005, when President Hinckley announced the new temple he said, “You may ask why we favor Utah so generously. It is because the degree of activity requires it.” The nearby Jordan River temple was serving 110 stakes and required over 4,500 temple workers to accommodate patrons’ use. Originally referred to as the South Jordan temple, at the groundbreaking on December 16, 2016, President Gordon B. Hinckley announced the temple’s official name. “Hereafter this temple will be known as the Oquirrh Mountain Utah temple. They won’t know how to spell it, but they don’t come to the temple to spell, they come to serve in the work of the Lord.”* With the name change, the Oquirrh Mountain temple became the first (and only**) temple with the word “mountain” in the name. The scriptures often use the phrase “mountain of the Lord” to refer to a temple. Previously, temple spires had been assembled on top of the buildings, but it was determined to assemble the spire for the Oquirrh Mountain temple on the ground and then hoist it to the roof. Engineers estimated it would weigh 19,000 pounds. Upon completion it was discovered to weigh 32,000 pounds! A more powerful crane was arranged for and with nearly one thousand spectators the spire began to rise into the air. Project superintendent Ron Wilkins reported, “We watched, hoped, and prayed that the tower would clear the roofline. It was so close that I think it was a miracle.”* The spire did clear the roofline, with six inches to spare. In the dedicatory prayer, offered by President Thomas S. Monson on his birthday, August 21, 2009, we hear the words, “We are grateful for the knowledge Thou hast given us that Thou art our Father, to whom we may turn for inspiration and guidance, for revelation and strength in time of trouble and distress.” The Goshute Indian word Oquirrh is translated as “wooded mountain” or “wood sitting”. Let the Oquirrh Mountain temple remind you to take time to sit, preferably in a “mountain of the Lord” and turn to your Father for inspiration and strength during your times of trouble and distress.

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: Hawkins, “Temples of the New Millennium”
**Currently.