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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Mormon temple dedication nears
Oklahoma City OK Oklahoman 8Jul00 D1
By Pat Gilliland: Religion Editor

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA -- The Oklahoma City Temple Open House began this past weekend, providing Oklahomans with 13 days of public tours ending July 22nd. But, according to the Oklahoma City Oklahoman, Church members find the lasting significance of the building in its dedication and use. "The temple is the tool that gives us all the blessings our Heavenly Father wants us to have," says Mary Newman, LDS public affairs director for the Oklahoma City area.

In the past, LDS Church members in Oklahoma City had to travel to Dallas, Texas for Temple ordinances. But now, the new "smaller" Temple (about 10,000 square feet) will make temple ordinances much more accessible for members in Oklahoma and in the parts of Texas, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas also in the temple district. The district includes a total of about 43,000 members.

The Temple is scheduled to be dedicated by LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley on July 30th.


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