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By Kent Larsen

LDS Church to Lay New Nauvoo Temple Cornerstones Sunday

NAUVOO, ILLINOIS -- At noon on Sunday, LDS Church officials will lay the four cornerstones of the new Nauvoo Temple, following as much as possible the way the cornerstones were originally laid on April 6, 1841. The ceremony will include hymns from the Church's first hymnal performed by two choirs. Several LDS General Authorities will attend the ceremony.

However, the Church declined to give some details of the ceremony to even the Church-owned Deseret News. The ceremony is being held on an active construction site, so "attendance at the cornerstone ceremony will be limited primarily to those who live in the immediate area," said the Church's announcement of the event. The Church would also not say if LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley will attend the ceremony or not.

President Hinckley announced that the Church would construct a working replica of the original Nauvoo Temple during the LDS Church's April 1999 General Conference, indicating that a large contribution from an anonymous donor made the project possible. The groundbreaking for the building was held earlier this year, and Church officials expect construction to be completed some time in 2002.


Nauvoo rites planned Sunday
Deseret News 1Nov00 N1
By Carrie A. Moore: Deseret News religion editor


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