Summarized by Kent Larsen
Latter-day Saints get new temple in Columbus
Toledo OH Blade 21Aug99 C3
Mormons build first Ohio temple since 1838
Akron OH Beacon Journal (AP) 22Aug99 C3
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The open house for the Columbus, Ohio Temple started
on Saturday, August 21st and will continue through August 28th. The
Temple is the first in Ohio in more than 100 years, according to LDS
Church spokesman Pauline Morello. The Kirtland Temple, constructed in
1836, hasn't been used by the LDS Church as a Temple since the late
1830s, and is now owned by the Reorganized Church.
The new 10,700-square-foot Temple with its 'glistening' Vermont marble
exterior will serve the 43,000 LDS Church members in Ohio plus members
in the Charlestown, West Virginia area. Previously, Ohio and West
Virginia members traveled to either Chicago, Toronto or Washington D.C.
It is one of the Church's new small Temples, accomodating 80 people at
Becky Christofferson, of Dublin, Ohio is very excited to have a Temple
there, "Nowhere on Earth can you go to gain greater peace than you can
feel when you enter a temple,'' she told The Columbus Dispatch. "It's
like the cares of the world are left behind -- a shedding of that which
is worldly and being in tune with that which is holy. To have such close
access to that is just tremendous."
The Temple is scheduled to be dedicated on September 4th.