- Logan, Utah
- May 17, 1884 – Dedication
Inspiring StoriesOn one occasion I heard the late Apostle Marriner W. Merrill, President of the Logan Temple, relate this extraordinary incident: He was sitting in his office one morning, he said, when he noticed from the window a company of people coming up the hill to the Temple. As they entered the Temple grounds they presented rather a strange appearance, not only in dress but in their mode of travel. Some were riding on horses, others were in conveyances, and still others were afoot. He wondered who they could be as he was not looking for a company of such size that particular morning. They dismounted from their horses, stepped down from their conveyances, put their animals under the shade and walked about complacently as if they had a perfect right to be there. A little later a person unknown to Brother Merrill entered the room. Brother Merrill said to him: “Who are you and who are these people who have come up and taken possession of the Temple grounds unannounced?” He answered and said: “I am Satan and these are my people.” Brother Merrill then said: “What do you want? Why have you come here?” Satan replied: “I don’t like the work that is going on in this Temple and feel that it should be discontinued. Will you stop it?” Brother Merrill answered and said emphatically, “No, we will not stop it. The work must go on.” “Since you refuse to stop it, I will tell you what I propose to do,” the adversary said. “I will take these people, my followers, and distribute them throughout this Temple district, and will instruct them to whisper in the ears of people, persuading them not to go to the Temple, and thus bring about a cessation of your Temple work.” Satan then withdrew. President Merrill, commenting on this strange interview with the Evil One, said that for quite a period of time the spirit of indifference to Temple work seemed to take possession of the people and very few came to the House of the Lord. The presumption was that Satan had carried out his threat which caused a temporary lull in Temple work. It is not to be wondered at that Satan, who is the enemy of all righteousness, is displeased with Temple work. 1
Physical and Historical DescriptionThe Logan Temple, like other Temples constructed in this dispensation, is in fulfillment of prophecy, uttered, in this case, by President Wilford Woodruff. The site for this Temple was designated by President Brigham Young and was dedicated by Orson Pratt on May 17, 1877, at which time impressive services were conducted by President Young. Elder Charles O. Card served as Superintendent of construction of the Temple from the beginning until its completion, and Truman O. Angell was the architect. On the 28th day of May excavation was begun and the cornerstones were laid on September 17, 1877, under the direction of President John Taylor of the Council of the Twelve, President Brigham Young having died on August 29th previous. The Temple was dedicated on May 17, 1884, by President John Taylor as President of the Church. The territory covered in the district of the Logan Temple at the time of its building and dedication comprised but three stakes; viz: Cache, Box Elder and Bear Lake, with a total Church population of about 25,000. As a result of the dividing and subdividing of these stakes, there were in 1933 thirty-six stakes in the Logan Temple district, with a Church population of over 151,000, with a proportionate increase since that census. The grounds upon which the Temple stands comprise a full city block of eight acres, to which has been added nearly two acres on the east end, which, with an elliptical frontage, gives a very attractive entrance to the Temple. The whole block is planted with beautiful trees, shrubs, lawns and flower beds, and is the admiration of all who view it. The main building of the Temple is 171 feet long, 95 feet wide, and 86 feet high at the square, with an octagonal tower at each corner 100 feet high, and a large square tower at each end. The tower at the west end is 165 feet high, and the one at the east end is 170 feet high. Massive buttresses strengthen the walls, and the masonry is of the very best; and today there is scarcely a crack or defect to be seen in the whole building. The rock used in the construction of the building was brought from mountain quarries near by, and is a very dark silicious limestone. The lumber for the building was obtained from Logan Canyon, and was prepared at the Temple sawmill specially installed for that purpose. The building has five stories. In the basement is a beautiful font room finished in white enamel, the font being of cast iron, cast in a logan foundry, and stands upon the backs of twelve oxen, also cast in iron and bronzed, which present a very impressive appearance. The rooms of the Temple throughout correspond in a general way with the rooms of all other Church Temples; are all beautifully finished in white enamel, with chaste decorations of gold leaf and soft colors, and are representative of the best art of the day in which they were erected and compare equally well with present day decoration and finish. The Temple was seven years in building—1877 to 1884. It is difficult to estimate the exact cost of the building because of the manner in which it was built, a large portion being given in labor, farm products, and other means; but it is safe to say that it cost approximately $750,000 exclusive of the land and improvements. Of the 20,939,792 ordinances performed in all of the Temples, since the organization of the Church, including the Nauvoo Temple and the old Endowment House in Salt Lake City, it is interesting to learn that 5,454,043 of this number were performed in the Logan Temple, being a little over 26% of all. These figures are up to December 31, 1933, and represent work performed for fifty years (1844 to 1933).
Presidents of the Logan Temple:
- Marriner W. Merrill, 1884-1906.
- William Budge, 1906-1918.
- Joseph R. Shepherd, 1918-1935.
- William A. Noble, 1935-1936.
- Joseph Quinney, Jr., 1936-1943.
- El Ray Christiansen, 1943-1952.
- A. George Raymond, 1952—Present Incumbent.