The public is invited to tour the newly completed Fort Collins Colorado Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the second Mormon temple in the Centennial State.
The open house is from Friday, August 19, through Saturday, September 10, 2016, and runs every day except Sundays, August 21 and 28 and September 4. Those wishing to make a free reservation for the open house, visit www.templeopenhouse.lds.org or call 1-855-537-2000.
The temple is located at 2180 Majestic Drive in Fort Collins, on the corner of Trilby Road and Timberline Road. Tours, consisting of a 10-minute video presentation followed by a 40-minute walking tour through the temple, will begin at the Latter-day Saint chapel adjacent to the temple.
Following the public open house, the temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, October 16. The dedication will be preceded by a cultural celebration featuring music and dance by the youth of the Church, to be held on the evening of Saturday, October 15, at the Hughes Stadium on the campus of Colorado State University. There will be reserved seating at the cultural celebration for media.
The Fort Collins Colorado Temple will be the 153rd temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the world. It will be the second in Colorado; a temple in Centennial opened in 1986. The Fort Collins Temple will serve approximately 44,000 Church members in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming.
The 42,000-square-foot temple features art glass with a mountain flora motif reminiscent of Rocky Mountain vegetation. There is also an original oil-painting wall mural depicting local landscapes. The interior features stone from Iran and Turkey and decorative touches with the mountain flora design. The building stands 112 feet tall and is crowned with a gilded statue of the angel Moroni, who is significant to Latter-day Saints for his role in the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Latter-day Saint temples differ from the chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord,” where the teachings of Jesus Christ are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ceremonies that unite families for eternity.
More information about the purpose of temples and the Fort Collins Colorado Temple, is available on www.mormonnewsroom.org.