Cedar City temple open house starts Friday

CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - The public will soon have the opportunity to tour a temple built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - the newly completed Cedar City Temple. Church officials allowed ABC4 Utah to see inside the temple and share what's inside. 

The temple will serve 45,000 church members in the area.

"This is a dream come true for Cedar City," said Elder Larry Wilson, who gave the tour. 

It seems fitting that in 2017, Utah's 17th LDS temple has been completed. 

"It's the 159th in the world, and the 17th in Utah," said Wilson.

Before opening it's mahogany wood doors to the public, ABC4 Utah's Lauren Mattihias got to take a look inside.

"It's finished in a very high level of detail," said Wilson.

Those details include architecture resembling that of pioneer-day temples,stained glass, warm-toned marble, and original paintings by local artists depicting the areas red rock

"Now I have a temple that is literally 2 and a half minutes from my house,: said Cedar City resident Becki Bronson. 

Becki Bronson, a member of church, has lived in Cedar City for 22 years, and every time she visited the temple she would make the trek to St. George.   

'It was a 5 or 6 hours investment when we wanted to go," said Bronson.

Bronson shares the excitement she felt back in 2013 when she first heard the temple would be built 

"Startled and I thought wait a second, wait a second, wait second. Then the texts started flying in: 'Cedar City is getting a temple!' And it was family and friends from all over the world, and it was celebration from then on," said Bronson.

Four years later it's become a reality - to be dedicated in December. 

"People in Southern Utah and in Cedar City are proud of our city. We love this place with all of our heart, and to have this temple, it becomes our temple, and it's something we want our children, and our children's children to be a a part of as well," said Bronson.

The open house for the public begins Friday, October 27.

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