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Watch Angel Moroni statue ascend LDS Phoenix Arizona Temple

Published: Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 1:22 p.m. MDT

A Vimeo video shows the placement of the Angel Moroni statue atop the Phoenix Arizona Temple.  (Vimeo screenshot ) A Vimeo video shows the placement of the Angel Moroni statue atop the Phoenix Arizona Temple. (Vimeo screenshot )

What was supposed to be a small gathering of construction workers and their families turned into a crowd of hundreds outside the Phoenix Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on May 15 as the statue of the Angel Moroni was put in place.

The event was captured and shared by amateur and professional photographers alike, including Nick Sorensen on thisisnick.com and Danette McOmber on her personal blog.

In the past month, a new video documenting the same event has begun circulating. The footage filmed by Chase Porter was posted to Vimeo and is set to the LDS hymn "The Spirit of God Like a Fire Is Burning," which is the same song the crowd spontaneously began singing as the statue was put into place that hot day in the Valley of the Sun.

The gold leaf-covered statue of the Angel Moroni begins its careful ascent to the Phoenix Arizona Temple's spire. (Cheryl Taylor) The gold leaf-covered statue of the Angel Moroni begins its careful ascent to the Phoenix Arizona Temple's spire. (Cheryl Taylor)

The video features the placement of the pedestal portion of the spire interspersed with close-up views of engravings on the temple facade, as well as views of the landscape, followed by the removal of the statue from its crate and its crane-assisted ascent to the top of the building.

The Phoenix temple is one of six Arizona temples. There are operating temples in Mesa, Snowflake and Gila Valley. A temple is under construction in Gilbert, and plans for a temple in Tucson were announced in October 2012.

Dedication dates for the Phoenix temple have not yet been announced.

Emily Eyring is an editor and product manager for DeseretNews.com.

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