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25 years ago

More than 120,000 people toured the Mexico Mexico City Temple during its open house Nov. 9-19, 1983, according to the Dec. 6, 1983, Church News. On some days, as many as 20,000 attended.

The article reported: "While visitors noted the friendliness of members and beauty of the building and furnishings, officials said the guests mostly commented upon the spirit they felt."

It continued: "Since publicity consisted of two small newspaper articles, most visitors were invited by word of mouth, according to Elder Richard G. Scott of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy and executive administrator of the Mexico South/Central America Area. One visitor asked if he could return and bring friends. He came back with 29 people. Then he asked permission to bring another 100 people."

The 20,000 copies of the Book of Mormon available for the open house were in such demand they had to be limited to one per family.

According to the article: "Among the visitors were 5,000 key business, civic and government leaders, [Elder Scott] said. 'Architects, engineers and professional people typically entered with a nonchalant attitude and left deeply impressed by the sanctity of the temple.'?"

Local members volunteered in four-hour shifts to host or guide visitors through the temple.

A nearby visitors center had been opened for four months with about 32,000 people going through it.

The temple was dedicated on Dec. 2-4 in nine sessions by President Gordon B. Hinckley, then a counselor in the First Presidency.

After renovation, the temple was rededicated by President Thomas S. Monson on Dec. 16.

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