Tom Smart, Deseret News
Crowds gather as workers prepare to place an Angel Moroni statue atop the Provo City Center Temple Monday, March 31, 2014, in Provo


Church members living in the Provo, Utah, area have been looking forward to the day that the Provo City Center Temple will be dedicated and open for patron use.

The temple — which is using the framework of the Provo Tabernacle that was burned in a fire in December 2010 — is still under construction, but now has one of the defining characteristics of a finished temple, a statue of Angel Moroni atop a steeple.

At 2:30 p.m. on March 31, more than 1,000 people — many cheering and singing — lined the streets and filled the balconies and roof’s of nearby buildings around the site as a large crane raised the statue in the air and onto one of the turrets. Most of the Church’s 142 operating temples around the world have the Angel Moroni at the top of the sacred buildings.

It was in the October 2011 general conference, just under a year after the fire burned the Provo Tabernacle, that President Thomas S. Monson announced that the building — beloved by many in the area and Brigham Young University students — would be renovated to become Provo city’s second temple.

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