Statue placed atop Caribbean temple

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — The new Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple is one step closer to completion as construction crews placed a 10-foot-tall statue of the Angel Moroni atop its spire Sept. 2.

On a bright, sunny morning, a crane with a 200-foot boom lifted the 400-pound statue of the angel 160 feet to the top of the sacred edifice. Crews settled the figure into place to the cheers from below of a small gathering of Church leaders and media guests.

The temple site is prominently located between two main thoroughfares in this capital city of more than 2 million people. It overlooks the jewel green waters of the Caribbean Sea. Included in the temple district are many countries and islands of the Caribbean, where many languages are spoken, including Haiti (French), Puerto Rico (Spanish), British West Indies (English) and the Guyanas (Dutch, French and English).

The temple was announced in 1993.