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Open house for LDS temple

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The Nauvoo, Ill., Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host an open house May 18 to June 22, with dedication services planned for June 27-30.

All Nauvoo Temple open-house tickets provided through preliminary release have already been issued. However, additional tickets may be available in March through the church's official Web site, www.lds.org. No open houses are held on Sundays.

Only church members in good standing and with a special recommend may attend a dedication service in person, or watch a special broadcast of the services.

The construction of the new Nauvoo Temple was announced in April 1999, with groundbreaking held on Oct. 24, 1999.

The limestone exterior of the new temple will be a near duplicate of the original temple, dedicated on May 1, 1846. The temple will have six floors and will be crowned with a statue of the Angel Moroni.

Church members were forced to head west and abandon the original Nauvoo temple. An arson fire destroyed its interior in October 1848, and a tornado in May of 1850 knocked down one wall and weakened others. The remainder of the temple walls were eventually taken down.