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Angel Moroni statue removed at Provo Utah Temple, among other demolition work

By Curtis Booker - | Apr 19, 2024

Curtis Booker, Daily Herald

The Provo Utah Temple, with its statue of the angel Moroni removed, is pictured Friday, April 19, 2024, amid construction cones as renovation work is underway.

The scene on Temple Hill Drive in Provo looks a little different now.

The angel Moroni statue has been removed from the spire of the Provo Utah Temple as part of various demolition work underway on the soon-to-be-reconstructed temple.

Plans to tear down and renovate the 52-year-old building were first announced during The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ October 2021 general conference by President Russell M. Nelson while making announcements of new temples.

In February, leaders of the church revealed the temple will be renamed the Provo Utah Rock Canyon Temple.

The temple officially closed Feb. 24.

While the temple eventually will have a much different appearance, similar to the reconstructed design of the Ogden temple, it will remain in the same location, sitting on Provo’s east bench overlooking the Brigham Young University campus.

The church hasn’t released any information regarding progress of the demolition or when it anticipates the temple will reopen once renovated.


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