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A rendering of the Gilbert Arizona Temple

Although the groundbreaking is still more than three weeks away, the LDS Church has released the artist's rendering for the new Payson Utah Temple.

Sort of.

Church spokesman Scott Trotter confirmed today that a copy of the Payson Temple rendering circulating among church members in Utah County and elsewhere is indeed the official rendering.

"(Renderings) of new temples are typically published when the temple website goes live right after the groundbreaking," Trotter said, acknowledging that a copy of the Payson rendering has been "circulated prematurely."

The rendering will be officially published, Trotter said, "after the groundbreaking on Oct. 8."

Meanwhile, the "unofficial official" rendering is still circulating.

Like on this page, for example.

IN OTHER LDS TEMPLE NEWS, Trotter also indicated "repairs have commenced on the spires at the Washington D.C. Temple."

Four of the temple's five smaller spires lost four-foot sections of their tips during the earthquake that hit the eastern United States Aug. 23. A fifth tip is being removed as a precautionary measure, Trotter said.

Maryland's Gazette.net reports that "each piece weighs about 80 to 85 pounds and is made of bronze supported by pressed-steel plates, gilded with gold leaf."

The temple has continued to function normally since the 5.8 magnitude earthquake, without any interruption to temple services or operations.

Temple officials expect the repairs to be completed in November.

IN COLORADO, the Larimer County Commission voted to approve a plat change for the 38-acre property upon which the new Fort Collins Colorado Temple will be built. According to an article on Coloradoan.com, the proposal has been "controversial."

"Several neighbors objected to the land-use change," the website reported, "saying the anticipated facility would worsen already bad traffic in the area and adversely affect the neighborhood."

But other residents voiced their support for the temple. "The facility (will) be well maintained and landscaped as other Mormon temples are, said supporter Laura Thompson," reporter Kevin Duggan wrote. "'I feel a place of worship can never be a wrong decision for our community,' she said. 'Our churches form the diversity that makes Fort Collins a wonderful place to live.'"

AND IN ARIZONA, construction on the Gilbert Arizona Temple is about 20 percent complete, according to a story in the Arizona Republic. "The basement and the first floor concrete are done, and the structural steel is being installed," the newspaper notes.

"The construction can be viewed by the public from a safe distance," reporter Srianthi Perera continues. "A decorative brickwork area and an observation deck with benches have been constructed by Gilbert scouts Tyler Barney and Kai Leonard, who made them their Eagle Scout projects. Temple service missionaries Wayne and Pat Miller are available on most days at the small visitor center to welcome visitors — more than 100 on a given day and sometimes up to 200 — and answer questions."

The story points out that the temple, Arizona's fourth with temples already open in Mesa, Snowflake and the Gila Valley, and a fifth temple planned for Phoenix, will be "an 83,000-square-foot building accented by leaded glass, lush gardens and a 195-foot spire. The spire, topped by the iconic statue of a trumpeting angel, will make the temple Gilbert's tallest building and one of the highest in the Southeast Valley."

The temple will open sometime in 2013.

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