Logan Utah Temple

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Logan Utah Mormon Temple
Logan Utah Temple

The Logan Utah Temple is the second operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

On May 17, 1877, the building of the Logan Utah Temple was announced and the site had been dedicated the day before. Construction began soon thereafter. The site of the Logan Temple had been held in reserve for many years. It was used as a park and public grounds before being dedicated as the site for the temple.

A call was sent out for workers. Brigham Young asked that all of the people who worked on the temple volunteer their time or other aid. He encouraged the Saints to have the temple done in three and a half years. Roughly, 25,000 people worked on the temple. Rocks were hauled from Logan Canyon, mostly during winter because it was easier to haul the rocks by sleigh than on a wagon. As completion of the temple neared, women in the area were asked to make carpet for the temple, because commercially made carpet could not be bought in Utah at that time. The women spent two months working to hand make two thousand square yards of carpet.

The Logan Utah Temple design, made by the Church’s head architect Truman O. Angell, had two towers and was based on the Salt Lake Temple, with a large assembly hall and other similar rooms. On May 17, 1884, the Logan Temple was dedicated. Unfortunately, not many years later in 1917 a fire destroyed much of the southeast stairway of the temple. Forty thousand dollars was spent to repair it in three months. In 1949 the temple was remodeled and received updated lighting, heat, air conditioning, elevators, and other modern conveniences.

In 1977 another remodeling began "so that films could be shown as part of the endowment ceremony." Emil B. Fetzer, the Church's head architect at the time, had proposed a radical design that would leave only the exterior walls. The footings needed to be restored, and as it turned out, the fourth floor assembly hall had structural defects requiring that it too be demolished. As Fetzer for the first time stood in the dirt of the basement level and looked up to see open sky through the skeleton roof trusses, he said, "I was horribly shocked, . . . shaken at the boldness and audacity that I had in proposing such an extreme and drastic manner for changing a temple . . . yet, I knew that it was right."[1] The remodel increased the capacity by about 75 percent.

President Spencer W. Kimball said that although the remodeling was necessary he regretted the loss of the original interior. After remodeling, the temple was rededicated on March 13, 1979, by President Kimball.

The Logan Utah Temple, one of the four Pioneer Temples, will eventually undergo another renovation. In the April 2019 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson spoke of the four Pioneer Temples. "Ours is a sacred responsibility to care for them. Therefore, these pioneer temples will soon undergo a period of renewal and refreshing and, for some, a major restoration. Efforts will be made to preserve the unique historicity of each temple wherever possible, preserving the inspiring beauty and unique craftsmanship of generations long-since passed."[2] He said that the Logan Utah Temple would be renovated in coming years after plans were prepared.

The Logan Utah Temple has a total of 119,619 square feet, four ordinance rooms, and eleven sealing rooms.

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