Open house, dedication set for Monticello temple

The 53rd operating temple of the Church and the 11th in Utah will be opened to the public in this southeastern Utah community during a three-day open house this summer.

The First Presidency has announced the public open house of the Monticello Utah Temple will be July 16-18, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.Following the open house, the temple will be dedicated on Sunday, July 26, at 9 a.m., following an 8 a.m. cornerstone ceremony. Two additional dedicatory services will follow on Sunday and another four on Monday, July 27. The temple will begin operating on a scheduled basis July 28.

The temple district includes nearly 13,000 Latter-day Saints in five stakes: Monticello Utah, Moab Utah, Blanding Utah, Blanding Utah West and Durango Colorado.

Tickets will not be required for the open house, but to avoid long lines, officials encourage those living outside the temple district to plan on tours between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, July 16-17, and to leave Thursday and Friday evenings and all day Saturday, July 18, for local residents.

The temple is the first of a number of small temples the Church plans to build in areas of the world with relatively few Latter-day Saints. President Gordon B. Hinckley said he wants to make the blessings of the temple more accessible to members, many of whom now must travel considerable distances to the nearest temple.

He said the temples will be open "according to local demand, maybe one or two days a week," but will offer the full range of temple ordinances.

The Church has 51 operating temples in the world. The 52nd will be dedicated next month in Preston, England. Another 46 announced temples are in various stages of construction or planning, including the one in Monticello.

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