Open house, dedication announced for temple

Open house for the new Orlando Florida Temple will be Sept. 10-30, the First Presidency has announced.

The temple, nearing completion in the Orlando suburb of Windemere, will be the 46th operating temple of the Church.The open house, to which the public is invited, will be held 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except on Mondays, when it will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No tours will be conducted on Sundays.

Eleven separate dedicatory services are planned following the open house. The dedication dates are Oct. 9-11. Church members in Florida and south Georgia are being invited to the dedication.

A traditional cornerstone ceremony will precede the first dedicatory service on Oct. 9.

The temple will serve Church members in 22 Florida stakes and one stake in south Georgia. It will also serve Church members in the Caribbean until the recently announced temple to be built in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is constructed.

Plans for the Orlando Florida Temple were announced by the First Presidency in February 1990. A groundbreaking ceremony was held June 20, 1992, at the 13-acre site, which is on a knoll overlooking a chain of lakes.

The facade of the temple is white cast stone. A traditional statue of the Angel Moroni stands atop its tower.

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