New Olympic security measures implemented today don't seem to be slowing down visitors to LDS Church facilities.

Advance planning and practice may be a few reasons why bag searches and passage through metal detectors aren't taking too much extra time.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints placed magnetometers at entrances to all sites this morning, which it had been planning for months. The church held practice runs during heavy holiday traffic.

"The safety of visitors to church headquarters is always a foremost concern," said church spokesman Dale Bills.

But even with the added security precautions, visitors don't seem to mind.

"It wasn't that bad," said Marian Doman, comparing it to passing through airport security. Doman, of Ogden, and her husband, Larry, visited Temple Square this morning. They've visited before metal detectors were in place and say they understand why there is more security now.

"It comes with the territory," Larry Doman said. Although the couple didn't have to wait long to pass through the Temple Square entrance, he said, lines may form when more people congregate downtown.

Illinois resident John Ulrey made his first visit to Temple Square this morning. He sees the security as a benefit.

"It makes people more aware and alert about what's going on. It makes you feel good," he said.

Perhaps more pressing, though, is security at the church's Conference Center, which brings in thousands of viewers for the "Light of the World" performance. The facility holds 21,000 people, and shows have been selling out. Even with a packed crowd, metal detectors there haven't seemed to slow down the influx of people.

With 13 doors for ticketholders and extra valunteers to direct people and conduct bag searches, those who attended Tuesday night's performance didn't have to wait out in the cold for long before passing through security.

"It looked like it was going fast," said Norbert Kemp, Salt Lake City.

Mike Grubbs, Sandy, said he waited only about five minutes to get inside.

"I like the beefed-up security, even if it does take longer," he said.

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