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ST. GEORGE — The temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in St. George will be closed for renovation until 2022, church officials said.
The temple will close Nov. 4 and is expected to reopen in 2022 after "extensive structural, mechanical, electrical, finish and plumbing work" is completed, the church said in a news release Friday.
Latter-day Saint President Russell M. Nelson announced in October that the church will be renovating and updating pioneer-generation temples.
The St. George Temple opened in April 1877 and was the first temple completed in Utah. It was remodeled and reopened in November 1975.
Once the St. George Temple closes, the closest Latter-day Saint temple for city residents will be the Cedar City Temple about an hour away. The St. George Temple also receives visitors from parts of Nevada and Arizona.
The Salt Lake City Temple will also face similar closures at a later date, President Nelson announced in October.