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Renovation of St. George Temple passes two-year mark

Mar 28, 2022, 6:10 PM | Updated: 9:26 pm
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The two-year renovation project on the St. George Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is nearly complete, according to a Church spokesperson. (Photo credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)
(Photo credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)

ST. GEORGE, Utah — The renovation project on the St. George Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has crossed the two-year mark.

And while a specific date isn’t given, a Church spokesman says the project is nearing completion.

“One of the main things that we’ve done the last year is to finish all the primary upgrades we needed to do to the historic temple,” said Eric Jamison, project manager of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a press release

The St. George Temple, which was dedicated in 1877, is the oldest operating temple in the Church. Contractors from different companies are working together to improve the pioneer-era temple.

A Church press release says that the exterior of the north addition is ready for painting and improvements to the grounds are on schedule. Also, a new addition on the temple’s west side is in the midst of being completed.

“There are some walls that feel like glass they’re so smooth. They have a special skill, and you can tell that they care about their work,” said Andy Kirby, director of historic temple renovations for the Church in a press release. 

The Church also says walkways, planters and landscaping are close to being completed. Additionally, shrubbery and trees that can withstand drought conditions are ready for an early spring planting. The early planting is necessary to help ensure that the roots are well rooted to survive the summer heat.

The renovation of the St. George Temple also includes structural reinforcement of the stone foundation of the temple. 

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