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Salt Lake City — The public will once again get a look inside a new Mormon temple before it is dedicated, this time in Calgary, Canada.
The open house for the Calgary Alberta Temple begins this Saturday, Sept. 29 and runs through Oct. 20, except for Sundays and Oct. 6. The public can make free reservations at www.calgarymormontemple.org or by calling 1-855-537-2000.
The temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, Oct. 28, and a cultural celebration featuring music and dance by the youth of the church will be held Oct. 27.
Open house tours include a 13-minute video presentation followed by a 40-minute walking tour through the temple, which is located at 9802 Rocky Ridge Road NW.
The exterior of the three-story, 33,000-square-foot temple features gray granite from China. The building stands 115 feet tall and is crowned with a statue of the angel Moroni.
Visitors will notice that the inside of the temple has carpet and fabric with a gold-and-green color scheme, plus cream-colored marble from Spain, travertine from Turkey and granite from Brazil.
A wheat motif in the stained glass windows, railings, doorknobs and furniture is meant to reflect the importance of agriculture in Alberta.
One room includes a hand-painted mural of an Alberta landscape.
The Calgary temple is the church's third in Alberta, the eighth in Canada, and the 140th in the world. It will serve 25,000 Latter-day Saints in Calgary and surrounding communities.
Plans for a temple in Calgary were first announced on Oct. 4, 2008. Construction began with a formal groundbreaking in May 2010.