By Kent Larsen
Perth Temple Open House Starts Tomorrow
PERTH, AUSTRALIA -- The open house for the Perth Australia Temple will begin
tomorrow, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gave West
Australian reporter Megan Ellul an early look at the Temple as part of the
Church's media tours. Ellul wrote about the Temple's position in LDS beliefs
as well as its workmanship.
The Church opened the Temple to public tours before its dedication to
"demystify" LDS beliefs. "If you're not open to public examination, you run
the risk of rumour and misconception," the LDS Church's Elder Kenneth
Johnson told the newspaper. The Church expects 50,000 people to tour the
Temple during its two week long open house. Ellul says there are 104,000
Church members in Australia and 12,000 in West Australia.
The Temple includes artwork by local artists depicting West Australia
landscapes, such as Esperance and Rottnest. But, she observes, most building
materials and furniture are imported, and the Church had to bring in
craftsmen from the US for some specialty jobs like carpet carving.
The Temple dedication is scheduled for May 20th.
Gold, mirrors reflect sacred house
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By Megan Ellul