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The Provo City Center Temple is pictured through a smoky haze on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Provo.

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Wednesday evening that all temple activity churchwide would be suspended at the end of the day to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

“This is a temporary adjustment, and we look forward to the day when the temples will reopen,” the First Presidency said in a press release.

Anyone with an existing appointment to a temple will be contacted by temple staff to confirm cancellation, the press release said.

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