LDS Church Protests Efforts to Add Mesa Temple to National Register

LDS Church Protests Efforts to Add Mesa Temple to National Register

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(Mesa) -- The LDS Church is protesting efforts in Mesa, Arizona, to nominate the Mesa Temple to the National Register of Historic Places.

Walt McIver, a church member and a volunteer at the Temple, spent more than a year working with ten other church members to assemble a nomination package to place the temple on the national register.

Now a one-sentence letter of protest from a Salt Lake City church official sent to the State Historic Preservation Office in may derail his plan.

McIver and others say the Salt Lake City officials oppose the designation because they don't want to answer to a new set of city regulations for historic properties.

The Arizona Temple was built in downtown Mesa in 1927 and was the ninth built by the church. It attracts about two million visitors annually.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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