- Associated Press - Thursday, March 10, 2016

PROVO, Utah (AP) - The Mormon church says more than 800,000 people toured its new temple in downtown Provo.

KUTV-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1TP5dsD ) that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the number of guests on Wednesday. Members of the public, including non-Mormons, were allowed to tour the faith’s 150th operating temple during an open house between Jan. 15 and March 5.

Provo Deputy Mayor Corey Norman says he had been hoping to hit a million visitors, and the numbers did get close. Norman says downtown businesses reported high traffic during the open house and he hopes it won’t end.

From now on, the temple will only be open to Mormon faithful. Norman says city officials are “super, super excited” about the new landmark.

Mormon leaders will dedicate the temple on March 20.



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Information from: KUTV-TV, https://www.kutv.com/

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