Dates slated for Bountiful Utah Temple

The Bountiful Utah Temple will open its doors to the public from Nov. 5 to Dec. 17, the First Presidency announced June 23 in a letter to priesthood leaders along the Wasatch Front.

The same letter announced the dates for the dedication of the temple, which will comprise 28 sessions from Sunday, Jan. 8 to Saturday, Jan 14.Tickets will be required for the open house. The tickets will be distributed free of charge through local stakes and wards in the Utah North and Utah Central areas. Tickets will be made available about 60 days before the beginning of the open house.

The use of tickets will help create an orderly and spiritual experience, and, it is hoped, will eliminate long waiting lines and other problems associated with limited parking and access, according to Elder Blaine P. Jensen, vice chairman of the temple committee.

Directions to the temple and the traffic plan will be printed on the back of each ticket. It is important for visitors to follow these directions because of the large number of people expected to attend.

The temple will be open daily except Sundays and Thanksgiving Day.

Following the open house, the temple will be closed for three weeks to prepare for the dedication. Each of the temple district's 28 stakes will be assigned a dedicatory session. About 92,000 members reside within the Bountiful Utah Temple district.

Tickets to attend the dedicatory sessions will be issued to those baptized members 8 years of age or older who are determined to be worthy by their bishops.

In addition to those attending the dedicatory services at the temple, overflow crowds and those not living within the temple district will be invited to participate through closed-circuit television at the Salt Lake and Ogden tabernacles, and the Bountiful Regional Center.

The temple, already a landmark because of its prominent hillside position, is nearing completion by Okland Construction Co. Within its 100,000 square feet will be contained four ordinance rooms, eight sealing rooms, a celestial room, baptistry, offices, laundry and cafeteria.

When completed, the temple will be the Church's 47th. Ground was broken for the edifice May 2, 1992, by President Ezra Taft Benson.

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