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Monticello temple to open doors after expansion

The temple will increase in size . . . and includes a second ordinance room and second sealing room.

Because of high use, the first temple to utilize a new smaller design is being enlarged and will open again for public tours in November.

The addition to the Monticello Utah Temple is nearing completion and will be available for public viewing beginning Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, and will continue through Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, with the exception of Sunday, Nov. 3.

The temple will be rededicated Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, in one session attended by members of the Church in the temple district.

The smaller temple concept was announced in 1997 to accommodate Latter-day Saints in remote areas of the Church. Since then, many new temples have been built, bringing the number of operating temples to 114 around the world.

The Monticello Utah Temple, located in the southeastern corner of the state, will serve more than 13,000 members of the Church in an area that covers Moab, Monticello, and Blanding, Utah, and Durango, Colo. The temple sits on a 1.33-acre site adjacent to an existing Latter-day Saint meetinghouse.

The temple will increase in size from 7,000 square feet to 11,225 square feet and includes a second ordinance room and second sealing room. Other areas of the temple enlarged to accommodate more patrons include a waiting room, offices for temple workers and a laundry facility.

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