Statue tops temple in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — The statue of the Angel Moroni, a traditional feature of LDS temples, was raised here June 10 on the Bismarck North Dakota Temple, now under construction, with members of the Church, neighbors and workers looking on.

"It's really pretty; is that real gold?" asked a neighbor who had watched from his backyard as the 11-foot, gold-leafed fiberglass figure was raised to top a spire 70 feet above ground level.

"What is his name again?" the man asked. "A neighbor told me, but I forgot." When told, he repeated it: "Moroni. Moroni. I'll have to remember that."

Regarding the temple's construction next to his house, he said, "They've been really nice. . . . Once when it rained hard, a lot of water was running into our yard. I called, and it was fixed right away. It's going to be so pretty." He expressed positive feelings that workers moved trees from one spot to another rather than cutting them down to clear the temple site.

Joan Robinson, Bismarck North Dakota Stake director of public affairs, said response among the public to the temple has been positive. Television and newspaper representatives were on hand to cover the raising of the statue, representative of many such events on the nearly 50 temples now under construction.

During a picture-taking session, when several families took turns standing next to the angel towering above the attenders, workers also had their pictures taken with the statue. Those who had gathered applauded for them in appreciation.

Presiding over the occasion was Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi of the Seventy. He spoke at a later meeting of the temple committee, which involved stake leaders. He cited D&C 109 containing the dedicatory prayer of the Kirtland Temple and the prophecy that temples would be in many places.

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