Summarized by Kent Larsen
Spire soars above new temple
Rochester NY Democrat and Chronicle 22Oct99 D1
By Bennett J. Loudon: Democrat and Chronicle
MANCHESTER, NEW YORK -- In spite of the fact that the LDS Church made no
formal announcement of the placement of the Angel Moroni on top of the
spire of the Palmyra New York Temple, about 200 people learned of the
30-foot, 13,000 pound statue's installation and showed up to watch. "I
think if we had announced it we could have had 2,000 to 3,000 people.
That's the part that scared us," said LDS Church spokesman William
Church leaders didn't announce the placement of the statue because of
concerns over safety for the crowds coming to a potentially dangerous
construction site and because of traffic concerns.
Among those coming to the site were Kathryn Mauer, who arrived with her
husband, Peter, and 10-year-old son, Tyler. The Mauers drove four hours
from Delhi, in Delaware County, New York, to see the placement. She said
that she was pleased to have a temple so close, "It's important to us
because this is where the church got started and we don't have a temple
that is within a day's drive." Mauer's son Tyler also seemed to
appreciate the importance of the moment, "It's a once-in-a-lifetime
thing to see the Angel Moroni going up on the 100th temple."