In preparation for the Open House, Good4Utah's Emily Clark was able to tour the new building Tuesday.
As part of the renovation, the temple's entire exterior has been reshaped with new stone and art glass. The temple's main entrance was moved from the west side to the east side, where it faces Washington Boulevard, one of the city's main streets. The renovation of the temple also includes reconfigured rooms and new energy-saving electrical, heating, and plumbing systems. Other notable improvements include adding underground parking, new landscaping of the temple block, and the addition of a major water feature.
Besides the structural changes, you will find a Pioneer motif throughout the building. From the wood work to the stain glassed windows, you will find the desert rose and prairie grass symbolizing the heritage of Norther Utah.
Once the open house has concluded, the temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, 21 September 2014. Three dedicatory sessions will be broadcast at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. to Latter-day Saint meetinghouses throughout Utah and in areas of Wyoming and Idaho within the temple's district.
While the Church's 18,000-plus meetinghouses are open to all people who wish to attend religious services temples, after they are formally dedicated, are open only to faithful Latter-day Saints. Temples are considered "houses of the Lord" where Christ's teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. Inside, members learn more about the purpose of life and make promises to serve Jesus Christ and their fellowmen.
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