Arizona town welcomes new lDS temple

Thursday , January 16, 2014 - 11:12 AM

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In this April 27, 2006 file photo, the sun sets behind the Mormon Temple, the centerpiece of Temple...

The Associated Press

GILBERT, Ariz. — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is allowing the public to get a look at its new temple in Gilbert, a Phoenix suburb.

The tours will be available during an open house period that begins Saturday and runs through Feb. 15, excluding Sundays. Reservations are required.

KTVK-TV reports that construction began on the 85,000-square-foot temple in November 2010, and it is now the tallest building in Gilbert.

The church invited interfaith leaders to tour the temple, which is one of four in Arizona. The others are located in Mesa, Phoenix and Thatcher.

The Gilbert temple will be dedicated March 2.

The top of the temple boasts a 13-foot-tall gold statue, which Elder Todd Hansen says symbolizes the Book of Mormon and the teachings of ancient prophets.

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