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Fort Collins Colorado Temple opens for tours

The public is invited to tour the newly completed Fort Collins Colorado Temple, the second Mormon temple in the Centennial State.

The open house began Friday, Aug. 19, and will continue through Sat., Sept. 10, 2016, and will run every day except Sundays. Those wishing to make a free reservation for the open house may visit www.templeopenhouse.lds.org or call 1-855-537-2000.

The temple is located at 2180 Majestic Drive in Fort Collins, on the corner of Trilby Road and Timberline Road. Tours, consisting of a 10-minute video presentation followed by a 40-minute walking tour through the temple, will begin at the LDS chapel adjacent to the temple.

Following the public open house, the temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, Oct. 16. The dedication will be preceded by a cultural celebration featuring music and dance by the youth of the Church, to be held on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Hughes Stadium on the campus of Colorado State University.

The Fort Collins Colorado Temple will be the Church’s 153rd operating temple in the world. It will be the second in Colorado; the Denver Colorado Temple opened in 1986. The Fort Collins temple will serve approximately 44,000 Church members in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming.

Plans for a temple in Fort Collins were announced by President Thomas S. Monson on April 2, 2011, during the opening session of the 181st Annual General Conference. Construction began with a formal groundbreaking on Aug. 24, 2013.

The 42,000-square-foot temple features art glass with a mountain flora motif reminiscent of Rocky Mountain vegetation. There is also an original oil-painting wall mural depicting local landscapes. The interior features stone from Iran and Turkey and decorative touches with the mountain flora design. The building stands 112 feet tall and is crowned with a gilded statue of the angel Moroni.

More information about the purpose of temples and the Fort Collins Colorado Temple, is available on www.mormonnewsroom.org.

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