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Vernal temple dates of open house and dedication are set

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The Vernal Utah Temple will open its doors to the public Oct. 11 and remain open for two weeks, the First Presidency announced. The temple will be dedicated Nov. 2-4.

The public open house of Utah's 10th temple is expected to draw visitors from eastern Utah, western Wyoming and western Colorado. The temple will be open for public tours Oct. 11-25. Afterward, it will be closed until Nov. 2 when it will be dedicated following a cornerstone ceremony. Ten dedicatory sessions will be held Nov. 2-4 to accommodate the more than 36,000 members in the Vernal Utah Temple district.The temple district includes 12 stakes. Nine are in Utah: four in Vernal, three in Roosevelt and one each in Duchesne and Altamont. Two are in Wyoming: Green River and Rock Springs. The final stake is in Meeker, Colo.

The Vernal temple is the first to be constructed from an existing structure. It was created by remodeling the old Uintah Stake Tabernacle. Plans for a new temple from the old tabernacle were announced Feb. 13, 1994, and ground was broken for the Vernal temple June 11, 1995, by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

When completed, the Vernal temple will be the Church's 51st, following the June 1 dedication of the St. Louis Missouri Temple.

Other temples under construction include the Preston England, Bogota Colombia, Madrid Spain, Santo Domingo Dominican Republic and Guayaquil Ecuador temples. Ground has been broken and construction is starting for the Cochabamba Bolivia and Recife Brazil temples. Awaiting groundbreaking ceremonies are the Billings Montana, Boston Massachusetts, Caracas Venezuela, Monterrey Mexico, Nashville Tennessee and White Plains New York temples.