- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The gold statue on top of the Mormon temple in Bountiful that was struck by lightning last month has been replaced.

The Deseret News (https://bit.ly/1Uk2AcK ) reports that crews removed the angel Moroni statue on Wednesday.

The statue lost part of its head and back during the lightning strike.

Spires topped with sculptures depicting the angel Moroni with a trumpet are a signature of temples built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world.

Most of these statues are constructed of fiberglass covered in gold leaf, and weigh about 300 pounds.

The angel Moroni statues are built with lightning rods, meant to draw lightning strikes away from other areas of the temples.


Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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