Temple architecture (LDS Church)
On December 27, 1832—two years after the organization of the Church of Christ-the movement's founder, Joseph Smith, stated he received a revelation that called upon church members to restore the practice of temple worship. The Latter Day Saints in Kirtland, Ohio were commanded to: "Establish a house a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God." The largest of the denominations that have come from the Latter Day Saint movement, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints view temples as the fulfillment of a prophecy found in Malachi 3:1. The Kirtland Temple was the first temple of the Latter Day Saint movement and the only temple completed in Smith's lifetime, its unique design was replicated on a larger scale with the Nauvoo Temple and in subsequent temples built by the LDS Church. As the needs of the church have changed, so has temple architecture—from large castellic structures adorned with celestial symbols, to smaller, simpler designs derived from a standard set of plans.
The Kirtland Temple, built in Kirtland, was not designed as a church or cathedral. It was a house of learning; this temple was not built to accommodate the endowment ceremony, taught later. It has no baptistry; the structure has two unique sets of pulpits, representing the Aaronic Priesthood and the Melchizedek Priesthood. Truman O. Angell recorded in his journal that about this time Frederick G. Williams, one of Smith's counselors in the church's First Presidency, came into the temple during construction and related the following: Joseph received the word of the Lord for him to take his two counselors, Frederick G. Williams and Sidney Rigdon, come before the Lord and He would show them the plan or model of the house to be built. We went upon our knees, called on the Lord, the building appeared within viewing distance, I being the first to discover it. All of us viewed it together. After we had taken a good look at the exterior, the building seemed to come right over us, the makeup of this hall seemed to coincide with what I there saw to a minutia.
Following Smith's death and the associated succession crisis, Angell continued as the LDS Church's architect, designing the Salt Lake Temple, Lion House, Beehive House, Utah Territorial Statehouse, St. George Temple, many other public buildings; the sandstone used to build the temple was quarried from south of the temple. Native timbers were cut from the surrounding forests; the Temple, begun in 1833 and dedicated in 1836, was one of the largest buildings in Northern Ohio. It is a combination of Greek, Georgian and Federalist architectural styles; the building has been designated a National Historical Landmark and has been recognized by the Architects Society of Ohio and the Ohio Historical Society. The pulpits and the pews are among the distinctive features of the interior. Two sets of pulpits grace the main floor with another two sets on the second floor; the seats in the pew boxes are benches that can be shifted from the back to the front, thus making it possible for the congregation to face either the front or the rear pulpits.
The main floor of the Kirtland Temple was used for various services of worship, the second floor was a school for the ministry. The third floor contained rooms for the "Kirtland High School" during the day and Church quorum meetings in the evening; the west third floor room was Smith's office. Construction of the original Nauvoo Temple commenced April 6, 1841, its final dedication was in May 1846; the temple was designed in the Greek Revival style by architect William Weeks, under the direction of Smith. Weeks' design made use of distinctively Latter-day Saint motifs, including sunstones and starstones, representing the Three Degrees of Glory in the LDS Church's conception of the afterlife; the placement of the symbols on the building in descending order—starstones and moonstones—does not support the above assertion, but rather a reflection of Revelation 12:1. At its base the building was 128 feet long and 88 ft wide, with a clock tower and weather vane reaching to 165 ft —a 60% increase over the dimensions of the Kirtland Temple.
Like Kirtland, the Nauvoo Temple contained two assembly halls, one on the first floor and one on the second, called the lower and upper courts. Both had offices in the attic. Unlike Kirtland, the Nauvoo Temple had a full basement; the location of the rooms is symbolic. Each room represents progression, is therefore located in a different elevation based on that progression; this symbolic progression was first used in the Nauvoo temple, has been continued in some subsequently built temples. The baptistry was the lowest room of the temple in the basement; the ordinance rooms are elevated above that, leading to the Celestial room which is, in some cases higher. In the case of the Nauvoo Temple, this would have been in the attic; the sealing rooms are the loftiest rooms of the temple. The basement of the Nauvoo Temple, used as the baptistery, contained a large baptismal font in the center of the main room; the basement proper was 40 ft wide with six rooms of varying size on either side. 12 ft east of the entrance to the baptistery and 10 ft from either the side of the support piers rested blocks 14 in square, which projected 7 in above the brick floor.
These objects are not mentioned in any account of the basement, their purpose is unknown. The font, built of tongue and grooved white pine, was painted white, it was sixteen feet long
Heber J. Grant
Heber Jeddy Grant was an American religious leader who served as the seventh president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Grant worked as a bookkeeper and a cashier was called to be an LDS apostle on October 16, 1882, at age 25. After the death of Joseph F. Smith in late 1918, Grant served as LDS church president until his death; the first president born after the exodus to Utah, Grant was the last LDS Church president to have practiced plural marriage. He had three wives, though by the time he became church president in 1918 only his second wife, Augusta Winters, was still living. In business, Grant helped develop the Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City. In 1884, he served a term as a representative to the Utah Territorial Legislature. Grant was born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, the son of Rachel Ridgeway Ivins and Jedediah Morgan Grant, his father was a counselor in the First Presidency to Brigham Young. Rachel Grant was a native of New Jersey, where she had converted to the LDS Church at about 20.
Her cousin and brother-in-law, Israel Ivins, was the first person baptized a Latter-day Saint in New Jersey. Jedediah Grant died. After Jedediah's death, Rachel married Jedediah's brother, George Grant, but he fell into alcoholism so she divorced him. Rachel became the dominant influence in Heber's life, she served for many years as president of the 13th Ward Relief Society in downtown Salt Lake City. He was known for his determination to achieve goals that were beyond his reach; as a child, he wanted to join the baseball team that would win the Utah territorial championship, but others believed him to be too physically awkward to be successful. In response, he purchased a baseball and practiced throwing the ball for hours against his barn to improve; the team he joined won the championship. In similar fashion, Grant expressed a desire to be a successful bookkeeper although many of his associates criticized his penmanship, he practiced his writing to the point that he was invited to teach penmanship at one of the local academies.
There were no free public schools in Salt Lake City when Grant was a child, but his mother kept him enrolled in various others while he was growing up. After working as a bookkeeper in the insurance business in 1877, Grant became an assistant cashier with Zion's Savings Bank and afterwards opened an insurance business with Nephi Clayton. Grant became a partner with D. W. Jennings, he founded an additional insurance agency in Ogden and, for a time, owned the Ogden Vinegar Works. In the late 1890s, Grant served as the business manager for the newly-formed official LDS magazine, the Improvement Era. Grant continued to be involved in business activities after his call as an apostle, he founded many new businesses, including a bank. He was the main founder of the Salt Lake Theatre. Grant lost a large amount of money in the Panic of 1893 and never recovered from its adverse financial effects, he was the main person to negotiate new financing to the LDS Church in New York at the time. His efforts kept the church going until Lorenzo Snow's late-1890s call for tithing placed the church in a better financial situation.
Grant was made a block teacher when he was still a youth, rare at the time. He was ordained a Seventy at 15, rare at the time. In June 1875, when the first Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association was organized in the Salt Lake 13th Ward, Grant 19, was called to serve as a counselor to Junius F. Wells in its presidency. At 26, he served a mission to the Native American Indians from 1883 to 1884. Grant's early church assignments included service on the Church Salary Committee and the Sunday School General Board. Grant was made Second Assistant in the Superintendency of the General YMMIA in 1898; when Joseph F. Smith became president of the church and head of the YMMIA, Grant was made First Assistant, where he served until he became church president. In 1880, Grant became president of the Tooele Utah Stake, moving there with his wife and their children. Around Lucy began to develop health problems. In 1882, Grant was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. Early in his service in the quorum, he made many trips to Arizona, earning the title "The Arizona Apostle."
Grant twice served missions among the Yaqui in Mexico. In 1901, Grant was sent to Japan to open the church's Japanese Mission, he served as the mission president until 1903, when he returned home but was immediately sent to preside over the British and other European missions of the church. He returned from the British mission in 1905. During the ensuing decade and Grant oversaw church education programs, the Genealogical Society of Utah and the Improvement Era. Grant succeeded Joseph F. Smith as church president in November 1918, he was not sustained in the position by the general church membership, until June 1919 because of the influenza pandemic of 1918, which forced a delay of the church's traditional springtime general conference. During his tenure as church president, Grant enforced the 1890 Manifesto outlawing plural marriage and gave guidance as the church's social structure evolved away from its early days of plural marriage. In 1927, he authorized the implementation of the church's "Good Neighbor" policy, intended to reduce antagonism between Latter-day Saints and the US government.
Grant dedicated the first temples outside of Utah since Kirtland. The first was the Hawaii Temple, followed by the Alberta Temple, the first outside the United States, the Arizona Temple; the church began the Idaho Falls Temple, which was
Ogden is a city and the county seat of Weber County, United States 10 miles east of the Great Salt Lake and 40 miles north of Salt Lake City. The population was 84,316 in 2014, according to the US Census Bureau, making it Utah's 7th largest city; the city served as a major railway hub through much of its history, still handles a great deal of freight rail traffic which makes it a convenient location for manufacturing and commerce. Ogden is known for its many historic buildings, proximity to the Wasatch Mountains, as the location of Weber State University. Ogden is a principal city of the Ogden–Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Weber, Morgan and Box Elder counties; the 2010 Census placed the Metro population at 597,159. In 2010, Forbes rated the Ogden-Clearfield MSA as the 6th best place to raise a family. Ogden has had a sister city relationship to Hof since 1954. Named Fort Buenaventura, Ogden was the first permanent settlement by people of European descent in what is now Utah.
It was established by the trapper Miles Goodyear in 1846 about a mile west of where downtown Ogden sits today. In November 1847, Captain James Brown purchased all the land now comprising Weber County together with some livestock and Fort Buenaventura for $3,000; the land was conveyed to Captain Brown in a Mexican Land Grant, this area being at that time a part of Mexico. The settlement was called Brownsville, after Captain James Brown, but was named Ogden for a brigade leader of the Hudson's Bay Company, Peter Skene Ogden, who had trapped in the Weber Valley a generation earlier. There is some confusion. A Samuel Ogden traveled though the western United States on an exploration trip in 1818; the site of the original Fort Buenaventura is now a Weber County park. Ogden is the closest sizable city to the Golden Spike location at Promontory Summit, where the First Transcontinental Railroad was joined in 1869, it was known as a major passenger railroad junction owing to its location along major east–west and north–south routes, prompting the local chamber of commerce to adopt the motto, "You can't get anywhere without coming to Ogden."
Railroad passengers traveling west to San Francisco from the eastern United States passed through Ogden. However, the national passenger rail system, no longer serves Ogden. Passengers who want to travel to and from Ogden by rail must travel via FrontRunner commuter rail to Salt Lake City and Provo. In 1972, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints completed construction of and dedicated the Ogden Utah Temple in Ogden; the temple was built to serve the area's large LDS population. In 2010, the LDS Church announced they would renovate the adjacent Tabernacle; the work which began in 2011 includes an update to the exterior, the removal of the Tabernacle's steeple to make the Temple's steeple a main focus and a new underground parking garage and gardens. The Temple was rededicated in 2014; because Ogden has been Utah's second largest city, it is home to a large number of historic buildings. However, by the 1980s, several Salt Lake City suburbs and Provo had surpassed Ogden in population; the Defense Depot Ogden Utah operated in Ogden from 1941 to 1997.
Some of its 1,128 acres have been converted into a commercial and industrial park called the Business Depot Ogden. Ogden is located at 41°13′11″N 111°58′16″W, at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of all land. Elevations in the city range from about 4,300 to 5,200 feet above sea level; the Ogden and Weber Rivers, which originate in the mountains to the east, flow through the city and meet at a confluence just west of the city limits. Pineview Dam is in the Ogden River Canyon 7 miles east of Ogden; the reservoir behind the dam provides over 110,000 acre feet of water storage and water recreation for the area. Prominent mountain peaks near Ogden include Mount Ogden to the east and Ben Lomond to the north. Ogden experiences a dry summer continental climate. Summers are hot and dry, with highs reaching 95 °F, with a few days per year reaching 100 °F. Rain is provided in the form of infrequent thunderstorms during summer between mid-July and mid-September during the height of monsoon season.
The Pacific storm season lasts from about October through May, with precipitation reaching its peak in spring. Snow first occurs in late October or early November, with the last occurring sometime in April. Winters are snowy, with highs averaging 37 °F in January. Snowfall averages about 40 inches, with 21.98 inches of precipitation annually. Extremes range from −16 °F, set on January 26, 1949, to 106 °F, set on July 14, 2002; as of the census of 2000, there were 77,226 people, 27,384 households, 18,402 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,899.2 people per square mile. There were 29,763 housing units at an average density of 1,117.4/sq mi. The racial makeup of the city was 79.01% White, 2.31% African American, 1.20% Native American, 1.43% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 12.95% from other races, 2.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.64% of the population. There were 27,384 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present
Utah is a state in the western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the U. S. on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest by area, 31st-most-populous, 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States. Utah has a population of more than 3 million according to the Census estimate for July 1, 2016. Urban development is concentrated in two areas: the Wasatch Front in the north-central part of the state, which contains 2.5 million people. Utah is bordered by Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast, Idaho to the north, Arizona to the south, Nevada to the west, it touches a corner of New Mexico in the southeast. 62% of Utahns are reported to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, making Utah the only state with a majority population belonging to a single church. This influences Utahn culture and daily life; the LDS Church's world headquarters is located in Salt Lake City. The state is a center of transportation, information technology and research, government services, a major tourist destination for outdoor recreation.
In 2013, the U. S. Census Bureau estimated. St. George was the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States from 2000 to 2005. Utah has the 14th highest median average income and the least income inequality of any U. S. state. A 2012 Gallup national survey found Utah overall to be the "best state to live in" based on 13 forward-looking measurements including various economic and health-related outlook metrics. A common folk etymology is that the name "Utah" is derived from the name of the Ute tribe, purported to mean "people of the mountains" in the Ute language. However, the word for people in Ute is'núuchiu' while the word for mountain is'káav', offering no linguistic connection to the words'Ute' or'Utah'. According to other sources "Utah" is derived from the Apache name "yuttahih" which means "One, Higher up" or "Those that are higher up". In the Spanish language it was said as "Yuta", subsequently the English-speaking people adapted the word "Utah". Thousands of years before the arrival of European explorers, the Ancestral Puebloans and the Fremont people lived in what is now known as Utah, some of which spoke languages of the Uto-Aztecan group.
Ancestral Pueblo peoples built their homes through excavations in mountains, the Fremont people built houses of straw before disappearing from the region around the 15th century. Another group of Native Americans, the Navajo, settled in the region around the 18th century. In the mid-18th century, other Uto-Aztecan tribes, including the Goshute, the Paiute, the Shoshone, the Ute people settled in the region; these five groups were present. The southern Utah region was explored by the Spanish in 1540, led by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, while looking for the legendary Cíbola. A group led by two Catholic priests—sometimes called the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition—left Santa Fe in 1776, hoping to find a route to the coast of California; the expedition encountered the native residents. The Spanish made further explorations in the region, but were not interested in colonizing the area because of its desert nature. In 1821, the year Mexico achieved its independence from Spain, the region became known as part of its territory of Alta California.
European trappers and fur traders explored some areas of Utah in the early 19th century from Canada and the United States. The city of Provo, Utah was named for one, Étienne Provost, who visited the area in 1825; the city of Ogden, Utah was named after Peter Skene Ogden, a Canadian explorer who traded furs in the Weber Valley. In late 1824, Jim Bridger became the first known English-speaking person to sight the Great Salt Lake. Due to the high salinity of its waters, He thought. After the discovery of the lake, hundreds of American and Canadian traders and trappers established trading posts in the region. In the 1830s, thousands of migrants traveling from the Eastern United States to the American West began to make stops in the region of the Great Salt Lake known as Lake Youta. Following the death of Joseph Smith in 1844, Brigham Young, as president of the Quorum of the Twelve, became the effective leader of the LDS Church in Nauvoo, Illinois. To address the growing conflicts between his people and their neighbors, Young agreed with Illinois Governor Thomas Ford in October 1845 that the Mormons would leave by the following year.
Young and the first band of Mormon pioneers reached the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. Over the next 22 years, more than 70,000 pioneers settled in Utah. For the first few years, Brigham Young and the thousands of early settlers of Salt Lake City struggled to survive; the arid desert land was deemed by the Mormons as desirable as a place where they could practice their religion without harassment. The Mormon settlements provided pioneers for other settlements in the West. Salt Lake City became the hub of a "far-flung commonwealth" of Mormon settlements. With new church converts coming from the East and around the world, Church leaders assigned groups of church members as missionaries to establish other settlements throughout the West, they developed irrigation to support large pioneer populations along Utah's Wasatch front. Throughout the remainder of the 19th century, Mormon pioneers established hundreds of other settlements in Utah, Id
Hugh B. Brown
Hugh Brown Brown was an attorney, educator and leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a member of the church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and First Presidency. Born in Utah, Brown held both Canadian citizenship. Brown was a talented speaker, was well known for conveying religious principles and exhortations through accounts of events in his life, his grandson, Edwin B. Firmage, noted: "Possessed at once with a sense of humor that refused him permission to take himself too and a profound spirituality based on true humility before God, he moved thousands with a style of classic oratory that will be sorely missed." Brown was born in Utah Territory, to Homer Manley Brown and Lydia Jane Brown. He recorded the event of his birth: "It is alleged that I was born in Granger, Utah, in 1883, on the 24th of October. I do not remember the event. However, my mother was an honest woman and I must take her word." His father had orchard. When Brown was fourteen, Homer Brown left Utah with his oldest son to establish a farm in Spring Coulee, in western Canada.
Brown was the oldest son left in Salt Lake City, he and his sister Lillie, eighteen months his senior, took care of the farm and orchard until their father sent for the family. Brown was fifteen when his family moved to southern Alberta, part of the Northwest Territories. Shortly after his eighteenth birthday, he traveled to Utah, to attend Brigham Young College. Brown attended Utah State Agricultural College. Dr. John A. Widtsoe suggested a career in agriculture for Brown. After a brief period at the college, Brown was called to England as a missionary for the LDS Church, serving under Heber J. Grant from 1904 to 1906. Upon his return, Brown married Zina Young Card, a childhood friend whom he married in 1908, they settled in Alberta and the first six of the couple's eight children were born there. In 1912, Canadian leaders of the LDS Church asked Brown to go to Calgary and take military training preliminary to organizing a Mormon contingent for the Canadian reserves; the reserve cavalry unit was established in 1914, with the outbreak of World War I, became part of the Thirteenth Overseas Mounted Rifles in 1915.
By 1917, Brown had achieved the rank of major in the Canadian military. He would have attained a higher rank were it not for the prejudice that existed in the British Empire against the LDS Church. In one instance, he was told; the Imperial military influenced Brown, as shown in accounts of his service in his writing, but he turned away from a military career. After returning to Canada, Brown was employed as a cowboy and businessman, he renewed an interest in the study of law, which he began at the Law Society of Alberta prior to his military service, by working with Z. W. Jacobs, a Cardston barrister. Brown completed the five-year apprenticeship while working a farm. After passing the bar examination at the University of Alberta, he was admitted to the bar in 1921. Brown suffered from a rare nerve disorder called Trigeminal neuralgia called Tic Douloureux, called one of the most painful ailments known to mankind, he had TN attacks intermittently for about 20 years of his life, beginning in 1926.
At Christmastime in 1944, while he was overseas during World War II, he sent a three-page, single-spaced essay to his family titled, "An Unprofessional Analysis of'Tic Douloureux' by a Surviving Victim". The letter states that he would "be glad to say goodbye to it forever." Brown had surgery to sever his trigeminal nerve in 1945, but the attacks returned while he was teaching at Brigham Young University in 1946. He underwent surgery again at the Mayo Clinic, where a section of his nerve was removed, leaving the left side of his head numb for the rest of his life. Brown was called as president of the Lethbridge Alberta Stake in 1921, which included all of Alberta north of the Lethbridge airport and the Northwest Territories. Brown and his family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1927, he became a successful lawyer and a partner in a law firm with J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Albert E. Bowen, Preston D. Richards, he formed a lifelong allegiance with the U. S. Democratic Party, which led to an unsuccessful run for political office and a term of service as first chairman of Utah's Liquor Control Commission from 1935 to 1937.
Brown was called as president of the Salt Lake Granite Stake. Brown served as president of the British Mission from 1937 to 1940 and from 1944 to 1946, it was the first of many full-time church positions that brought him influence. As LDS Servicemen's Coordinator from 1941 to 1945, Brown traveled extensively in North America and western Europe as de facto chief chaplain for the thousands of Latter-day Saints in American and Commonwealth uniforms. Brown worked as a professor of religion at BYU from 1946 to 1950, while serving as the school's co-ordinator of veterans affairs, he worked as a senior employee with an Alberta oil prospecting firm from 1949 to 1953. Of his time in Alberta, he wrote: In October 1953, I was up in the Canadian Rockies, supervising the drilling of an oil well. Although my family were in good health and good spirits
Draper Utah Temple
The Draper Utah Temple is the 129th temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was dedicated in sessions from March 20–22, 2009. Prior to the dedication, the temple was open to the public from January 15, 2009 through March 14, 2009; the intent to construct the temple was announced by church president Gordon B. Hinckley during the opening session of the October 2004 general conference. Hinckley said; the temple is the fourth temple in the Salt Lake Valley in addition to the Salt Lake, Jordan River, Oquirrh Mountain temples. The Draper Utah Temple sits on 14000 South in Draper, Utah; the 57,000-square-foot temple is 166 feet high from the main level to the top of the structure's spire, which includes the Angel Moroni statue that sits atop most LDS temples. The location near the mouth of Draper's Corner Canyon includes an LDS meetinghouse; the temple towers over 1,000 acres of pristine open space in the canyon below that the city approved in fall of 2005. Many varieties of trees surround the line the 492 parking spots.
The groundbreaking for the temple occurred during an invitation only ceremony at the site, broadcast on the church's satellite system to nearby stake centers. The ceremony was conducted by Russell M. Nelson of the church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, with all members of the First Presidency in attendance; the church announced on November 29, 2008, that the temple would be open to the public for tours beginning January 15, 2009. Reservations for tours were available until March 14, 2009. Donald L. Staheli, first temple president Comparison of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints List of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints List of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by geographic region Temple architecture The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah Media related to Draper Utah Temple at Wikimedia Commons Draper Utah Temple
Jordan River Utah Temple
The Jordan River Utah Temple is the 20th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Located in South Jordan, Utah, it was built with a modern single-spire design. A site dedication and groundbreaking ceremony were held on June 9, 1979; the ceremony and dedication were presided over by church president Spencer W. Kimball. Instead of the usual small ceremonial shovel-full of dirt at the groundbreaking, Kimball used a large power scoop shovel to begin the building process; the temple was open to the public for tours September 29 through October 31, 1981. Over half a million people toured the temple during its open house. On August 7, 2015, the LDS Church announced that beginning February 15, 2016, the temple would close for renovations that were anticipated to be completed during the latter part of 2017. A public open house was held from March 17 through April 28, 2018, excluding Sundays and two Saturdays associated with the church's general conference; the temple was rededicated by Henry B.
Eyring on May 20, 2018. Marion G. Romney, a member of the church's First Presidency, dedicated the Jordan River Temple in fifteen sessions held during November 16–20, 1981. More than 160,000 members attended the dedicatory services. Thirty of those in attendance at the dedication were elderly men and women, at the historic dedication of the first temple in the Salt Lake Valley, the Salt Lake Temple. Most had been young at the time but still remembered the event; the temple serves Latter-day Saints in Utah. Geographically, it is the smallest LDS temple district in the world, but the temple is one of the church's busiest; the temple is the fourth largest LDS temple and has a total of 148,236 square feet, six ordinance rooms, seventeen sealing rooms. The temple has the largest capacity, with each ordinance room able to accommodate 125 people; the temple site is 15 acres. The exterior of the temple is finished with cast stone with white marble chips. Unlike many of the temples, which are built with tithing funds, the Jordan River Temple site was given to the church and all of its construction was paid for by members in the 134 stakes within the temple district.
At the time, payment from local building funds was the established practice in the church, but was abandoned in order to respond to the church's need for temples and church buildings in developing areas of the world. Notable presidents of the temple include H. Burke Peterson. Banks. Comparison of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints List of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints List of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by geographic region Temple architecture The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah Media related to Jordan River Utah Temple at Wikimedia Commons Official Jordan River Utah Temple page Jordan River Utah Temple page