3D Latter-day Temples


This site is the (future) home of 3D models of the Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These models are created by Brian Olson and are not official videos or models of the Church.

Currently I am in the process of migrating this site from its current home, 3dtemples.photogent.com. As such, this site is incomplete and heavily under development.

This site will contain a page for each Temple. Each Page will contain Videos, facts about my models, and collected facts about the Temple. The models and the site are both in progress, so check back often!

β€œTo accomplish this work there will have to be not only one temple, but thousands of them, and thousands and tens of thousands of men and women will go into those temples and officiate for people who have lived as far back as the Lord shall reveal.” β€” Brigham Young, June 22, 1856

Currently I have two ways you can browse the information on this site:

Temples Chronologically

This link will take you to a page where you can browse and select from Latter-day Temples in a menu that is arranged Chronologically by dedication date.

Temples Alphabetically

This link will take you to a page where you can browse and select from Latter-day Temples in a menu that is arranged Alphabetically.


Projects


Know Your Moroni

A free to read and free to download e-book about the history, usage and variations of the Angel Moroni Statues in use on many of the Latter-day Temples. (Last Updated 2015)

Moroni Faces East

An attempt to show the direction each Angel Moroni Statue in use on Each Temple currently faces. (Last updated 2017)

Holiness To The Lord

An infographic featuring each temple, chronologically, with it’s Inscription. (Last updated 2019)

I Love to See the Temple

An infographic featuring each temple, scaled to size with it’s fellows, and with extra stats on each temple. (Last updated 2016)

Temple Construction Timeline

An infographic showing temple timelines from announcement to dedication, along with renovations. (Last Updated 2018)

Updates and History


Orem Utah Temple, first draft video

I created this just one week after the Church released the official render. That render was rather low resolution, so I had to make guesses about the small details. I am not confident about ANY of those at all. So there will be another video later. In the meantime, enjoy this one!

Photography


All of this, the photography and the 3d models, started in December of 1997 as I was driving up state street in Utah county. I had just crested the hill that drops down from Orem to Lindon. I saw ahead of me a dark overcast valley with a bright pillar of light shining on the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple. I was struck with the scene as I drove the rest of the way home. So much so, that when I got home I grabbed my cheap point and shoot camera, drove back to the spot, and tried to capture the scene. The lighting had changed, but it was still kind of there. I then drove to the temple, stopping on the way to get a couple of other shots.

I was working at a store with a photo center at the time, and I developed the film a couple of days later. In retrospect, the photos were terrible.

But I was in a bad place in my life back then. A bad job, a bad relationship, and I needed something to grab onto. So I picked temple photography as my anchor.

As I write this now, it has been 22 years, 85 temples, and 46,000+ photographs.

This Day in History


All events are listed according to Mountain Standard Time (USA).

Yesterday

Yesterday

DateTypeEvent
2011-07-11Renovation CommencedBoise Idaho Temple closed for renovation

Today

Today

DateTypeEvent
2011-07-12Moroni PlacedAngel Moroni placed atop Brigham City Utah Temple

Tomorrow

Tomorrow

No Events