Provo City Center Temple Gets 13-Foot Angel Moroni Statue
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Construction workers placed a 13-foot statue of the angel Moroni on the Provo City Center Temple March 31, marking another milestone for the transformation of the former Provo Tabernacle into a temple.
Interested spectators in the thousands were on hand to watch, take pictures, and experience a temple moment as the angel Moroni was hoisted and moved into place.
Less than a year after a fire gutted the inside of the tabernacle in December 2010, President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of Provo City’s second temple during the October 2011 general conference.
The angel Moroni stands atop most of the Church’s 142 temples. It is not a figure of worship, but rather symbolizes his role in the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Moroni was an ancient prophet in the Book of Mormon who revealed the location of gold plates to the young Joseph Smith in 1823.
Most angel Moroni statues are patterned after the one on the Salt Lake Temple, which was completed in 1893. Placement of the angel Moroni is one of the early visible highlights of the construction period of a temple. There is no formal ceremony attached to the statue’s placement. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles conducted groundbreaking ceremonies for the new temple on May 12, 2012.