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How Mormons build temples, step-by-step guide

Published: Wednesday, July 29 2015 10:36 p.m. MDT

A worker applies gold leaf to the exterior of the Church's Kansas City Missouri Temple. The temple was completed in May 2012. (LDS Church) A worker applies gold leaf to the exterior of the Church's Kansas City Missouri Temple. The temple was completed in May 2012. (LDS Church)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a video, an infographic and a detailed text description of its approach to building temples on the Mormon Newsroom website Wednesday.

The downloadable infographic provides an overview of the five stages: funding, site selection, design, construction and completion. The YouTube video expounds on these stages with comments from Elder William R. Walker, executive director of the Temple Department, as well as construction workers and others who oversee the process.

The video, infographic and text all emphasize the unyielding attention to detail that is a part of the process, right down to the building materials and decorative motifs.

A construction workers sands a staircase in the Brigham City Utah Temple. This temple was completed in September 2012. (LDS Church) A construction workers sands a staircase in the Brigham City Utah Temple. This temple was completed in September 2012. (LDS Church)

"The high building standards are in place for two main reasons," according to the MormonNewsroom.org article. "First, Latter-day Saints believe their temples are among the holiest places on earth and tributes to God; second, the church builds these temples to last hundreds of years."

The LDS Church has 142 temples in operation, with 14 under construction and 14 that have been announced but are not yet in the building stages.

Read the full step-by-step explanation of the temple-building process and find the infographic at MormonNewsroom.org.

Emily Eyring is the Faith and Family Web producer for DeseretNews.com.

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