More than 7,300 volunteers spruce up Ogden for temple open house

Wednesday , July 30, 2014 - 9:25 PM

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OGDEN - Ogden City and Visit Ogden are eager to welcome nearly 750,000 people to the area during The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ogden Temple Open House beginning Aug. 1.

Ogden City, teams of volunteers, businesses and community organizations have united to beautify Ogden, completing projects that will have lasting benefits to the Ogden community. More than 7,300 volunteers have donated more than 48,000 hours to complete a total of 430 projects in preparation for the visitors. Efforts began in early May on “Make a Difference Day,” which kicked-off 100 days of planned service to beautify the city.

Efforts ranged from small to large scale projects including: painting homes, yard work, painting fire hydrants and parking structures, weeding gardens, picking up trash, and cleaning trails. Ogden City cleaned and repaired parks and pavilions as well as worked with adjoining cities to beautify city entrances.

“The community has rallied together for this major reinvestment in Ogden,” said Ogden City Mayor Mike Caldwell. “Projects, such as the Grant Promenade, to better accommodate pedestrians and cyclists will yield long-term benefits to our community.”

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The temple open house is a tradition of LDS Church that allows the public to enter the temples before they are dedicated. Typically tens of thousands take advantage of the opportunity to view a temple during an open house and learn about the LDS faith. The public open house will begin Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 and run through Saturday, September 6, 2014, except for Sundays. The temple closed in April 2011 for extensive renovation.

For temple information visit templeopenhouse.lds.org.

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