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Thousands visit new Provo City Center Temple during open house

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PROVO — In the 10 days since the public open house of the Provo City Center Temple began Jan. 15, more than 180,000 people have walked through the new temple.

A new standby line has also been implemented for people who are in the area and may want to drop in, even without a reservation. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is welcoming the public inside the temple for the next few weeks.

It was built within the exterior shell of what was the Provo Tabernacle before it was destroyed in a devastating fire Dec. 17, 2010.

The church's online reservations for the open house quickly filled up in early January, however, the church is continuing to open up more reservation times, and now with a standby line, guests without a reservation can wait — generally for just a few minutes. People can check a website in advance for approximate wait times.

On average, 18,000 people a day have walked through the new temple, which features pioneer-era decor and designs to reflect the heritage of the Tabernacle. While interest has been high in the new temple, church officials are trying to accommodate everyone who wants to be part of the open house, which continues through March 5, except on Sundays.

The new temple will be dedicated Sunday, March 20.


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