The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced today that it plans to remodel and change the appearance of the Ogden Utah Temple and the grounds that surround it.

The church said in a press release that the temple's entire exterior will be reshaped with new stone and art glass. The entrance to the temple also will be moved from the west side to the east side. The announcement, made by Elder William R. Walker and Ogden Mayor Matthew R. Godfrey, came at an event in downtown Ogden.

“The Ogden Utah Temple has been a beacon of faith in downtown Ogden for nearly forty years and has blessed those who have served and worshipped within its walls,” Walker said. “We hope these improvements will not only better serve church members but also add to the beauty of downtown Ogden for all to enjoy.”

Currently, approximately 261,928 LDS Church members live within the Ogden Utah Temple boundaries. During construction, those members are being encouraged to use the temples in Logan and Bountiful.

The temple in Ogden was originally finished in 1972 and was the fifth LDS temple built in Utah.