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Sent on Mormon-News: 31Mar00

Summarized by Kent Larsen

Mormons put up statue of angel
Birmingham AL News 31Mar00 D1
By Greg Garrison: News staff writer

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA -- The steeple and statue of the Angel Moroni was placed on the new Birmingham Alabama Temple in Gardendale, Alabama on Thursday morning, "creating a landmark that's the first of its kind in Alabama," according to the Birmingham News. The Temple is scheduled to be completed by the end of the summer, according to Birmingham Alabama Stake President Richard May, "It's going to be one of the most attractive buildings in Gardendale."

The top of the statue reaches more than 60 feet above the ground, toping a building that can easily be seen in the area. But, unfortunately, it can't quite be seen as far as local Church members had hoped, "We had hoped it would be visible from the interstate, but it's not," said Beth Morrill, regional public affairs director for the Church. The temple is located near Interstate 65 at U.S. 31 in north Jefferson County.

The News' article talks about the LDS beliefs in baptism for the dead, mentioning the local LDS Family History Center in Cahaba Heights. It also gives background on LDS beliefs regarding the angel Moroni.


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