Monday, a small crowd gathered near Afton, Wyoming, to watch construction crews place a statue of the angel Moroni atop the Star Valley Wyoming Temple. The informal ceremony marked a construction milestone for what will be the 154th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In a press release, the Church said construction workers, Church members, community and government leaders and the media all watched as the statue was lifted by a crane to the top of the temple.
The angel Moroni statue stands atop most Mormon temples. Moroni was an ancient prophet in the Book of Mormon. The gold-leafed statue is 13 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 350 pounds. It was first used on the Salt Lake Temple, which was dedicated in 1893.
Ground was broken for Wyoming’s first Mormon temple one year ago. The temple was announced by Church President Thomas S. Monson during the Church’s October 2011 general conference.
The Star Valley Wyoming Temple will be dedicated in three sessions on Sunday, October 30, 2016. A free public open house will begin Friday, September 23, and run every day through Saturday, October 8, 2016. A cultural celebration will be performed by youth in the area on Saturday, October 29.
The temple is located east of U.S. Highway 89 on what was once the Haderlie Farm property south of Afton.
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