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Summarized by Kent Larsen

About 40,000 people tour new $5 million Mormon temple in Reno
Las Vegas NV Sun (AP) 16Apr00 D1
By Martin Griffith: Associated Press

RENO, NEVADA -- The LDS Church's new Reno Nevada Temple completed its weeklong open house on Saturday, attracting about 40,000 people to see the building before its dedication, according to local church officials. The temple's completion came after Church officials resolved some opposition from neighbors who felt that the building's outside lighting was excessive.

The 10,700 square-foot building is sheathed in granite quarried from Sharon, Vermont, birthplace of the prophet Joseph Smith. It drew people from a wide area including parts of California, Nevada and Utah. Local LDS Church officials say that about half those that visited the building were not church members, "I think people viewed it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a temple," said church spokesman Wayne Abbott. "We wanted the public to see that it's a sacred place, not a secretive place."

But not everyone in the community was happy with the open house. One man passed out anti-Mormon brochures from a group called the Freedom in Truth Outreach. Abbott says the anti-Mormon literature wasn't surprising, "I guess we have experienced that kind of thing all along," he said. "We find out most of the time that these brochures are printed with only partial truths or untruths. Other than this, the public response to the temple was very, very positive."

The building will mean local members won't have to drive 200 miles to Oakland, California to attend the Temple. The Temple district includes 26,500 members in eight stakes stretching from Winnemucca to Lake Taho and from Hawthorne to Susanville, California.


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