The remodeled temple is substantially nicer than the original temple. The original building was built in a time of austerity for the church and while it was an offering to the LORD and a temple, it wasn't as nice as many others. Frankly, it looked odd. With time and close inspection I came to appreciate it, but I like that they completely remodeled it. The remodel has changed the appearance of the Ogden Temple and it has also upgraded its quality in a way that wasn't practical during the original construction in the 1970s. According to press releases and news reports, the temple has also been structurally upgraded to withstand earthquakes, had mechanical upgrades to increase energy efficiency, and has had significant upgrades to the temple grounds including underground parking and a remodel of the Ogden Tabernacle on the block. I hope you can understand that the remodel of the Ogden Temple was more than just to make it more aesthetically pleasing (although it definitely has). The upgrades made the building more efficient and safer and were necessary at some point.
The results of the temple remodel are spectacular. I am just going to focus on the ordinance spaces here, but I did go into some more specific details in my previous posts.
|Ogden Temple Baptismal Font|
|Ogden Temple Ordinance Room|
|Ogden Temple Celestial Room|
|Ogden Temple Sealing Room|
As you can see, I love the newly remodeled Ogden Temple. While the upgrades have significantly strengthened and improved the building from a practical standpoint, they have also improved it aesthetically and architecturally and brought it up to the standard of our finest temples.
I have a little more to write. I think I will take a break for a few days and then write about the renovation of the temple block.