Non-Mormons call Freiberg Germany LDS temple their own

For years now, they've been flocking to the Freiberg Germany Temple, the LDS Church milestone that 25 years ago became the first Mormon temple operating inside the Iron Curtain.

They come to stroll the walkways in solitude or sit on the outside benches to ponder and pray.

They gather on the lawns for bridal photos and wedding-party snapshots.

They call it "our temple" — one leader recently boasted that "Freiberg has become world-famous because of the temple."

Oh, and "they" are the non-Mormons living in and around Freiberg.

And the leader? The current mayor of Freiberg, who joined past and present civic dignitaries and local leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a silver-anniversary celebration of not the temple itself but the neighboring LDS meetinghouse on the temple grounds.

The same grounds the locals call "Temple Square." Which besides the historic temple and adjacent meetinghouse also includes a third, longer building providing patron housing for the Latter-day Saints who travel long distances and require days to arrive.

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