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Rendering of redesigned Ogden Utah Temple. Courtesy LDS Newsroom
Tickets available Monday for Ogden Mormon Temple tours

Starting on Monday, Mormons, Muslims, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists, anyone really, will be able to make reservations for a relatively rare religious excursion: a tour inside an LDS temple.

The renovated Ogden LDS Temple will open its doors for a public viewing from Aug. 1 through Sept. 6 (except Sundays).

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Free tickets can be reserved online at templeopenhouse.lds.org starting at 10 a.m. Monday. Tens of thousands of visitors are expected.

After the open house and a Sept. 21 rededication, the temple will be closed to all but faithful Latter-day Saints. Mormons see temples as houses of God, where they take part in their religion’s highest sacraments, including eternal marriage.

Renovation of the Ogden Temple — originally dedicated in January 1972, a month before its twin in Provo (which is not planned for a makeover) — began in April 2011.

"The [Ogden] temple’s entire exterior has been reshaped with new stone and art glass, and the temple entrance was moved from the west side to the east side, where it faces Washington Boulevard, one of the city’s main streets," the Utah-based faith has noted on its newsroom website. "The renovation of the temple also includes reconfigured rooms and new energy-saving electrical, heating and plumbing systems. Other notable improvements include underground parking and a complete relandscaping of the temple block and inclusion of a major water feature."

When it reopens, it will be the 14th Mormon temple in Utah. Three more have been announced or are under construction — in Payson, Cedar City and Provo.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also has announced an Aug. 23 groundbreaking for a temple in Meridian, Idaho, which will become the faith’s fifth in the Gem State.

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