Angel placed atop Gila Valley Arizona Temple

By Jon Johnson

Eastern Arizona Courier

Published: Monday, Sept. 28 2009 12:16 a.m. MDT

CENTRAL, Ariz. — A monumental occasion took place Tuesday morning as the gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was set in place atop the Gila Valley Arizona Temple.After seven months of construction, the newest Mormon temple in Arizona has reached its final height and form, standing 11 stories from the base of the building to the tip of Moroni's trumpet. The precast-stone walls have been installed with stained glass windows throughout and, from the outside, the only thing apparently left to construct is the landscaping and parking lot. The outside construction of a meetinghouse adjacent to the temple is apparently close to completion, if not complete as well.The Gila Valley Temple will be the LDS Church's third temple in Arizona. The church currently operates the Mesa Arizona Temple and the Snowflake Temple. Two other temples, the Phoenix Arizona Temple and the Gilbert Arizona Temple are slated for construction.

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