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New Mormon temple built to last for 1,000 years

Summarized by Kent Larsen

New Mormon temple built to last for 1,000 years
Edmonton Alberta Canada Journal 25Oct99 D1
By Don Thomas: Journal Staff Writer

Edmonton's new small temple has been built to last at least 1,000 years, according to Dr. Blair Bennett, an LDS official in Alberta. The $5.3 million building on the 53rd Avenue grounds (near Whitemud Drive) of the Riverbend Stake Center is scheduled to be open to the public December 3rd and 4th and be dedicated December 11th and 12th. "It's not bomb-proof but it's probably the most secure building in Edmonton," says Bennett.

The building is constructed on piles driven 15 to 20 metres (50 to 65 feet) down, into the bedrock. Even the concrete will last, since it is made without calcium, which tends to corrode reinforcing steel bars over time. Construction on the building is being supervised by 67-year-old Leo Udy, a retired mechanical engineer from Idaho, who is serving a "construction mission" for the Church.

The article gives a fairly extensive overview of the Church's beliefs about temples and other basic information about the Church. It quotes Bennett, former bishop of the Sherwood Park ward and former President of the Riverbend Stake as saying, "We believe that the greatest gift you can have is to be a part of an eternal family unit here and in the afterlife."

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