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Church shows inside view of SL Temple through new exhibit

A scaled model of the Salt Lake City Temple opened Friday offering an open house-type experience of arguably the most recognizable building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The 88-inch tall, near-identical replica of the temple is located in the South Visitor's Center on Temple Square and open to the public. It sits in front of a giant window facing the actual building that it replicates.

The Salt Lake City Temple was the sixth temple built by the LDS Church. Today there are 132 operating temples throughout the world.

"This replica will show the millions of visitors who come to Temple Square the beauty and majesty of this sacred and historic building," said Elder Richard G. Hinckley, executive director of the Missionary Department. "Like all temples, once the building is dedicated it is used for sacred Church purposes and not open to the general public, but this exhibit will provide the public with a glimpse of the interior and a feeling of the Spirit that is present there."

The 88-inch tall replica of the Salt Lake City Temple is located in the South Visitor's Center on Temple Square.

While public open houses for new temples regularly draw tens and even hundreds of thousands of people, the LDS Church anticipates millions will likely see this 1:32 scaled model of the Salt Lake Temple over its lifetime.

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