LDS Temple Models in 3D

Brian Olson has created some interesting 3D renderings of LDS temples from his collection of more than 25,000 photographs of Mormon temples that he has taken in over 14 years.

His collection of 3D LDS Temples can be found at

Below is an example of his 3D rendering of the Brigham City Utah LDS Temple. It first shows the tabernacle that sits across the street, then has a fly-over and around the new temple.

Brian tells me he has a fascination with Mormon temples. He has temple photos throughout the house and takes crazy road trips with his wife and 2 kids just to photograph temples. Those pictures then become the reference and  surface for the models. In 2005, he picked up the open source 3D modeling software Blender. He made a basic model of the Mount Timpanogos Temple and was so excited at the results that he then spent several months rebuilding the Salt Lake Temple in detail in 3D.

Brian went on a building spree and made models for display in Google Earth. These are the 3D buildings people see when they navigate around the Google Earth software. He now has 83 temple models that have been accepted by Google Earth. He then takes these models and increases the detail to make his models of LDS temples on YouTube.

If you like Brian’s models, like his videos and leave comments.

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  • Jan Dvořák August 14, 2013, 11:44 pm

    This is made very nice.

  • Scott February 5, 2014, 12:33 pm

    These should be convenient to 3d print as gifts for some of my friends.

    Thanks for your work, Brian!

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