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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Mormon temple draws 45,000
Medford OR Mail Tribune 1Apr00 D1

CENTRAL POINT, OREGON -- The Medford Oregon Temple drew more than 45,00 visitors in its seven-day open house that ended Friday. Temple secretary Glen Harper recorded 43,471 visitors as of 5 p.m. on the last day of the open house, "We've had people coming from all over, from Reno, from Washington, from Southern California," he said. "We even had a few come from Wyoming."

The open house concluded on Friday, March 31st, and attracted a significant amount of media attention. All the local television stations carried temple updates, and the Medford Mail Tribune carried a series of articles on the building on Sunday, March 26th.

The open house was helped by the unprecedented step taken by a group of local LDS businessmen, who raised $30,000 to pay for a 16-page insert in 19 newspapers in the area. The 250,000 inserts contained an invitation to the open house, along with historical and doctrinal information about the LDS Church and a copy of "The Family: a Proclamation to the World."

The Medford Temple is one of the new smaller temples, including nearly 11,000 square feet.

Harper says that the open house was a big success "We had only anticipated about 32,000 during the entire period, so this far exceeded what we anticipated," Harper said. The Temple district includes just 28,000 Church members, and covers Southern Oregon and Northern California. The first stake in Southern Oregon was created in Klammath Falls in 1953. Now there are about 6,000 members in Jackson county, 3,000 in Josephine county and 2,500 in Klammath county, Oregon.

The Temple dedication is scheduled for April 16th.

See also:

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Stake president defines lifestyle
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Ed Hanson, Central Point Stake president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, addressed some common questions and myths about the Mormon faith in an interview with the Mail Tribune.


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