- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A 900-pound, 8.5-foot-high gold-plated statue of the Mormon angel Moroni has been placed atop what will become Indiana’s first Mormon church temple.

The temple in Carmel, north of Indianapolis, is scheduled to open next year. Temples are considered sacred to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and are the only sites where some rituals can be carried out.

Indianapolis North Stake President David Kinard tells The Indianapolis Star (https://indy.st/1xZx2ju) the placing of the statue symbolizes that the temple is close to being completed.

Mormon Church History Library Director Keith Ereksen says the temple is a sign the number of Mormons in Indiana is growing, saying it now has more than 40,000 members.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, https://www.indystar.com

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